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Famous artist Banksy displays work on NYC streets

21 Oct 2013 10:36 AM
Famous artist Banksy displays work on NYC streets

Amid the classic architecture and vibrant culture of New York City, individuals traversing the metropolitan area can typically find a number of pieces of unique street art. While all designs may not be as refined as gallery pieces - and even considered unsightly graffiti by some - a few have been curated by professional artists and well-known personalities.

Recently, the internationally-renowned, U.K.-based street artist known to the public simply as "Banksy" has been using the city's neglected walls as his canvases, spray painting a number of thought-provoking pieces in the Big Apple for the public to see as part of his month-long "Better Out Than In" project, according to The New York Times. After the illusive artist completes new work, he posts information of its whereabouts on social media sites, drawing hordes of art enthusiasts, owners of luxury homes and tourists to some of the seldom-seen areas of the city's different boroughs.

If you're interested in viewing some of Banksy's latest works while in the NYC area, you may want to visit the following locations, as these are where the artist's most popular pieces can be found. You may want to schedule a tour soon, though, as many of these pieces have short-life spans due to public tampering.

On the Lower East Side, in close proximity to Canal Street, Banksy introduced himself to the city by accenting a sign that reads "graffiti is a crime" with the image of two young boys attempting to steal the illustration of a paint can. 

At 24th Street and Sixth Avenue, the artist used his trademark stenciling skills to create the shadowy image of a canine relieving itself on a fire hydrant, to which the inanimate object responds, "You complete me." In such a popular area of the Manhattan real estate market, this piece was viewed hundreds of times in recent days. 

At the corner of 69th Street and 38th Avenue in Woodside, passers-by can view an image of a man clearing away pink cursive letters that spell out, "What we do in life echoes in eternity."

In East New York, Banksy's illustration of a petite beaver can be found next to a felled street sign on Bradford Street. A potential comment on the lack of native wildlife in the metropolitan area, this installation is easy to miss if you're not looking for it. 

A fiberglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined was first introduced in the South Bronx before making a tour throughout the city. This piece generates significant discussion about the fast food chain and the ways in which its employees are treated.