Amelia Nielson-Stowell: Could popular U.K. street artist Banksy be in Park City for Sundance?


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  • The guy in the picture....
    Jan. 25, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    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:


  • Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    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.

  • He's just a tagger
    Jan. 22, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    Painting your name and only your name on something is not art.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 22, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    "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."

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 22, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    "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."

  • Marg
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    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.

  • grimbasement
    Jan. 21, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    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.

  • torr
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    If tagging is a crime than why can corporations stick billboards where ever they want

  • Art
    Jan. 21, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    Inside a building its art, outside of a building it's vandalism.

  • m2dad
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    No matter the intent, vandalism is still vandalism. If you want your work to be legitimate than buy a billboard.

  • It's tagging...
    Jan. 21, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    Regardless of how "famous" this person is, this is tagging...nothing more.

  • Banksy is Brilliant
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:27 p.m.

    I meant "can appreciate..."


  • Banksy is Brilliant
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    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.

  • pudoodledang
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    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.

  • geedub
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    Should the vandal be arrested? He's not an artist, he's a tagger.

  • Permission
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    If I were ever to catch him tagging my property without permission, he'd better hope he likes the taste of spray paint.

  • BanksyTattoo
    Jan. 21, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    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

  • To: "one pump chump"
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    I don't think he does cardboard boxes.

  • one pump chump
    Jan. 21, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    He can paint on my property without permission.

  • interesting
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:54 a.m.

    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.

  • Be open-minded
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    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.

  • Banksy Fan
    Jan. 21, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    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.

  • The solution
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    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."

  • Mayor former grafitti artist
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    The graffiti the mayor spray painted in high school were not nearly as beautiful.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    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.

  • RE: Stencil
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:21 a.m.

    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 either.

  • Mark
    Jan. 21, 2010 9:06 a.m.


    Your statement is stale and predictable. The world needs more creatives and less cubicle hermits.

  • RE: Stencil
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    "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 about art."

  • one pump chump
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    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.

  • A photo of the image
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    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 Banksy.

  • Wilson
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:23 a.m.

    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.

  • Stencil
    Jan. 21, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    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.

  • do something real
    Jan. 21, 2010 6:10 a.m.

    "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.

  • Harold is out of the loop
    Jan. 20, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Banksy is an incredible artist. This could be a tourist attraction for Park City. He is a defining artist of this generation.

  • re: Harold
    Jan. 20, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    You are the reason Banksy exists.

  • Harold
    Jan. 20, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    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.

  • Stan
    Jan. 20, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    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.