Could it be that Banksy is planning an alternate career as a writer in case the whole art thing doesn't work out? Over the weekend, the UK street art enigma posted an article on his website criticizing the new One World Trade Center building, and even submitted it to The New York Times as an op-ed piece. Unfortunately the Grey Lady did not accept Banksy's article, prompting him to respond with a new mural entitled "Blocked Messages" in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Banksy‘s newest piece reads, “This site contains blocked messages,” and is a response to The New York Times‘ rejection of a critique he submitted about One World Trade Center. When the Times decided not to publish his writings, he created his own mockup of how the article would have looked in the paper and posted it to his website.
“As a visitor staying in New York for the past few weeks one thing has become very clear to me, and I say this as a friend – you’ve got to do something about the new World Trade Center,” he writes. “That building is a disaster. Well no, disasters are interesting. One World Trade Center is a non-event. It’s vanilla. It looks like something they would build in Canada.”
As for whether or not Banksy’s claims that he actually did submit his critique to The New York Times are true, the Metro did some digging and a representative for the paper confirmed. “He did submit an op-ed and art,” said spokesperson Eileen Murphy. “We couldn’t agree on either the piece or the art, so we rejected it.”
“Blocked Messages” can be seen in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the intersection of West and Noble Streets. But you’d better hurry before someone makes off with this one too.
Photos ©Yuka Yoneda