Thursday, January 21, 2010

365 Photos- 21/365

Yeah, I missed a photo yesterday. I know. But not without good reason, I got a new computer and it's been time consuming setting everything up. Fear not! I've got a great photo for today!

One of my favorite artists right now is Banksy, an unknown British street painter who travels the world creating beautiful works on otherwise dingy, abandoned spaces. His pieces are much more than just a can of spray paint on buildings, they provide poignent social insight sprinkled with, sometimes, a sense of humor. I was first turned onto his artwork shortly after New Orleans sucked the water out of their city after Hurricane Katrina. Banksy's works showed up throughout the area, and I wanted to know more.

Apparently nobody knows this masked painter's identity, kind of like Batman with Krylon, but one thing's for sure, he's becoming a cultural phenomenon. Banksy has allegedly shown up in Utah to promote the secret showing of his new documentary during Sundance. The evidence? Banksy-esque works showing up in places from Summit to Salt Lake Counties.


This was on the corner of the building on 300 South where the Zephyr used to be in downtown Salt Lake. I was a little awestricken as I took the photos, for more you can check out my flickr page here.

And for even more, here's Banksy's official home page and a recent Tribune article about Banksy's emergence along the Wasatch Front.


1979 semi-finalist said...

That's awesome. I've never seen a Banksy in person (to my knowledge) and I've lived the last 10 years in Los Angeles and NYC...I'm jealous that you've spotted one in SLC. Great photo Hol.