Banksy in New Orleans


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In my reading about “Exit Through the Gift Shop” I’ve learned that Banksy paid a visit to post-Katrina New Orleans. You can find all sorts of images on Flickr and I think my favorite is the time-lapse photo above.  When you see other photographs of the same mural (is that what I should call it?) you realize what a nice job the photographer did as well.

Two thoughts come to mind. First, I love the message here: she’d be out of her doldrums if she could just walk away from the thing constructed to protect her.  Very nice metaphor for New Orleans.  Second, if you look closely, you’ll see that there is a sheet of plexiglass bolted on top to protect it.  Now it’s an institutionalized item of vandalism.