However you cut this slice of cake, what Bansky is doing is truly incredible. The elusive street graffiti artist has treated art enthusiasts with several of his new paintings all across the Empire City during this month and, shockingly in the process, quite a few people at the pop-up booth in Central Park (and numerous building owners) managed to get some Banksy works introduced into their live s— despite it being unintentionally. One of those people includes Cara Tabachnick, who’s family owns the building in East Williamsburg that features the above piece pictured. She wrote an article in NY Mag:
“Are you going to be rich?” That is the first question people ask me upon finding out that in the wee morning hours of October 17, the famed street artist Banksy painted a mural on the side of a building my family owns in East Williamsburg.
On the side of the old brick building that houses a thriving optical business, there are now two geishas, one with an umbrella, strolling over a “bridge” formed by one of the basement window arches. At the bottom of the arch is a spreading tree. It is beautiful. But whether we like it or not, my sisters, father, and I have suddenly found ourselves in the position of being responsible for this notable piece of public art.
By late morning on October 17, a crowd of almost 500 people had gathered. When another tagger tried to cover over Banksy’s work, the crowd attacked him and cleaned up the damage to the painting. The whole incident was captured in real time by the news media.
So we hired a security guard to stand outside and look after the artwork.
It’s hard to know what the future holds. In England, where many of his pieces survive, buildings have gained value and local governments take great pride in his work. As the cult of Banksy grows, that could mean tour groups coming around to look at the painting. It is hard for our family to envision busloads of tourists being dropped off at our front door every day. But it is a possibility.
Source: NY Mag