Friday, 29 August 2008

Banksy New Orleans Katrina tributes published on the Banksy website

Banksy is painting New Orleans, with various pieces around the city appearing in time for the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Banksy has published his New Orleans work on his own website at and the New Orleans graffiti has been picked up by media organisations and bloggers alike.

All the images are available on the Banksy website and Banksy has also included notes on some of the photos. Here is a selection of my favourites from Banky's New Orleans pictures:

Banksy New Orleans Rain GirlBanksy New Orleans 'Rain Girl' - "Apparently there was some kind of storm here a few years ago"
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Banksy New Orleans lootersBanksy New Orleans 'Looters' - "After the floods there was a lot of looting"
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Banksy New Orleans no loiteringBanksy New Orleans 'No Loitering' - "I looked out of the window of the taxi on the drive into New Orleans and remarked 'Theres still so much devastation - I can't believe they haven't cleaned this mess up' to which the driver stared and said 'this part of the city wasn't affected by the hurricane - its always looked like this'
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Banksy New Orleans Gray GhostBanksy New Orleans Gray Ghost revengeBanksy New Orleans - Gray Ghost Revenge! "In addition to its other problems the streets of New Orleans are patrolled by a vigilante called The Gray Ghost, a man who's been systematically oliterating every piece of graffiti across the city with the same shade of gray paint since 1997!"
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Banksy New Orleans Abraham LincolnBanksy New Orleans Abraham Lincoln (click for larger image)

Banksy New Orleans levee Banksy New Orleans Levee "When the levee wall collapsed it flooded the lower 9th ward and completely destroyed one of the city's poorest neighbourhoods. The rebuilt levee wall offers better protection and the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana.'
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I think it's interesting that Banksy has chosen to upload the New Orleans images directly to his site rather than waiting for news of his latest work to leak out across the internet. This has ensured that Banksy's New Orleans art has come to the worlds attention on the actual anniversary of Katrina maximising exposure for his message - clever stuff!

UPDATE: Banksy New Orleans stolen! Katrina tributes removed or covered up

Related posts:
Banksy 'Lambeth Palace' underground cinema for 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' screenings
Banksy on Newman Street, London - Word Of Mouth in action?
Banksy trademarking his tag
Banksy Virtual Gallery launches in Second Life
My Banksy photo set on Flickr - containing Banksy's from around London

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