Hello all - I'm the guy in the above picture with the Java Cow Banksy art.
While everyone is open to make their own opinions - Park City was just given a
gift. That JC wall is now worth a ton of money and Banksy has an amazing and
insightful social commentary. Art always is open to discussion and
interpretation. That is the beauty of art. Go out and appreciate it before the
city paints over it - like it did the rest of them.If Dali painted a
mural, would you paint over it? If Picasso painted on a door, would you tear it
off it's hinges? I'm just very lucky that I got to see it in person
when it was fresh...what a gift...For those of you who don't
anything about him....check it:www.banksy.co.uk
Is the only remaining Banksy the one on side of Java Cow in PC Main??? Please
let me know if there are any others and their locations! This is no mere
tag...and I want to appreciate it before it's gone!!! I urge you to do the same.
Painting your name and only your name on something is not art.
"Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not
is yours. It's yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you
like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just
threw at your head."-Banksy
"People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take
a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and
make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you're
not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV
making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most
sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it.
They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you."-Banksy
In Philadelphia, the community wanted to do something about *tagging* so they
hauled in the taggers and offered them a chance to make art in the same
location; hence, Philadelphia has wonderful wall murals (art) all over town.
There is a difference between tagging and art but I'm not sure it can be defined
easily. What a shame to disrupt anything this artist paints on his own in Park
City. That, too, can be historic--just like the building. I caution Park City
residents to rethink this policy.
There's a Banksy tag on State St in SLC at about 1000 South. There **was** one
on the concrete plant at 900 South and 600 West (it was removed) and I think I
found another one downtown in a very hidden location just off main street.
If tagging is a crime than why can corporations stick billboards where ever they
Inside a building its art, outside of a building it's vandalism.
No matter the intent, vandalism is still vandalism. If you want your work to be
legitimate than buy a billboard.
Regardless of how "famous" this person is, this is tagging...nothing more.
I meant "can appreciate..."Sorry
This is not just graffitti. This artist is rendering insightful social
commentary as good or better than anything political cartoonists, satirical
novelists, or any other pundits are creating. His work is well-thought-out,
clever, nuanced, and brilliant.But we can certainly understand if
only about 1% or less of the population of Utah cannot appreciate such a
cultural phenomenon. Most Utahns have no culture to speak of.
I'm glad we're painting over the graffiti. I encourage anyone who has paintings
on their walls at home to paint over those paintings so they match the walls
behind them. I also encourage people to go see the mayor of Park City's band.
Should the vandal be arrested? He's not an artist, he's a tagger.
If I were ever to catch him tagging my property without permission, he'd better
hope he likes the taste of spray paint.
The idea of asking permission is foolish. His identity is unknown. Asking
permission could expose him/her, and I'm sure he/she WANTS to be anonymous.
Also, Banksy's artwork is supposed to be ephemeral. Graffiti is short-lived art
and the artists KNOW that. Otherwise, artists should be working with canvas,
clay or some other permanent medium. Those of us LUCKY enough to seek out (view)
Banksy's graffiti before it's painted over are truly lucky. Those businesses who
are close to, or recipients of, Banksy's graffiti should count themselves lucky
for the soon-to-be (but short lived) increase in visibility and interest. "The
holy grail is to spend LESS time making the picture than it takes people to look
at it" -Banksy
I don't think he does cardboard boxes.
He can paint on my property without permission.
Yes, he is talented, yes, he should have permission before painting on others'
properties. I would love to have someone paint something beautiful on my
property, if they just asked nicely first. It isn't that hard to ask
permission, most owners and cities would give it.
The artwork of the photographer pulling out the flower fits very nicely with the
Park City Culture in my humble opinion. The building owner got free world-class
artwork that can bring notoriety to the location and in turn perhaps revenue. It
would be a shame to paint over such a fine editorial piece of art.I hope
they keep it. It would have been nice if the artist had gotten permission
first, but then, I suppose that flies in the face of the genre.
I've been following his work for the last few years. I traveled through Europe
and could never seem to find one. It makes my day that one might be here. I think the haters are rushing to judgement before they know what it
means and seen other work. Look up his website Banksy(dot)CO(dot)UK and see the
work he has done all over the world. It's a fitting piece being it in Park City
and during Sundance.Last point is it is graffiti now and later
priceless. Romans carved graffiti into to Colosseum 3,000 years ago and now it's
protected after in museums. I've seen it.
Whoever catches him ought to treat him the way they treated the cheater they
caught in the movie "Casino." You can be sure that he would never again deface
other people's property with his ugly, disgusting, so-called "art."
The graffiti the mayor spray painted in high school were not nearly as
The Tanger Outlet Mall in Park City spent over $500k on that awful mural they
have on the backside of one of their buildings. Sure, the skiers and scenes of
Park City are alright, but putting Stanley Tanger right in the middle of it is
shameful. As if he has anything to do with the history or culture of Park City,
or Utah for that matter. Banksy is doing it for free and the designs are much
nicer. I think he should paint right over the top of old Stanley.
I'd like to see you make a stencil that well. He didn't just go buy a stencil
(or in this case, a 3-piece stencil). He made this himself and probably spent
many hours or even days designing and creating it. If what you are concerned
about is the time and creativity involved, I assure you, there was no lack of
Harold,Your statement is stale and predictable. The world needs
more creatives and less cubicle hermits.
"Even I could make a stencil and go spray paint it all over buildings."This is a ridiculous assumption. Art isn't all about technique, it's about
ideas. I guess you said it best when you said "I guess I really don't know much
Banksy always uses a stencil! Please try and research someone a little before
you judge them. He uses stencils because it's fast. As Stan said, Banksy is
truly one of the defining artists of this time. Buy one of his books. "Wall
and Piece" is my favorite. Or go to the thousands of the websites dedicated to
him. Then you may realize his message.
of that mural in Park City on that building, along with an image of red tagging
on an out-building that looks a lot like the outskirts of Park City appears on
Banksy's official UK website. Pretty good evidence that it's his work. Go
Dear Harold, You are the reason we live in a artless corporate world of full of
lifeless one color walls. The reason Banksy exists is because BEAUTY
will grow even in the most oppressive of cultures.
It says in the article that Bansky used a stencil...that is what a 'defining
artist' does? I guess I really don't know much about art. It seems like some
novelty act or something to me. Even I could make a stencil and go spray paint
it all over buildings.
"This could be a tourist attraction for Park City"Maybe Bansky could
go to Haiti.And his artwork on pieces of earthquake rubble could
could become tourist attractions for the rich and famous who haven't lowered
themselves to charitable acts the way a few admirable generous stars have.
Banksy is an incredible artist. This could be a tourist attraction for Park
City. He is a defining artist of this generation.
You are the reason Banksy exists.
If he did not get permission then this is vandilism.If the mayor was a
true mayor he would take action before this becomes the norm.His graffiti
could look nice but you must have permission like everyone else has to. He is
not excluded from the law.
Hey, if those are Banksy works, they should be treasured as part of Park City's
history themselves. It doesn't sound like the mayor and City knows what they
have here. Banksy is one of the defining artists of this time. Park City has
been given a gift - treasure it - don't scrub it.