Saturday, August 29, 2009

Undiscovered Banksy in the Garden District?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 7:23 PM

click to enlarge Banksy

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A year ago, British-born artist Banksy came to New Orleans for Katrina's three-year anniversary and went to work in his distinctive style. Some of the work remains, others have been painted over. And apparently others - like the one above - are still waiting to be discovered.

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I noticed this piece while standing on my balcony in my new Lower Garden District apartment (long live the Shamrock Tavern!) and looking out over the empty lot across the street (on Constance between Thalia and Melpomene). I haven't found any other pictures of this work, which appears to be George Bush in a Guantanamo suit, and it's possible it could be brand new. It could also be the work of a (highly skilled) imitator. Regardless, it's just another reason to love living in New Orleans.

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