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Published: Thursday, Jan. 21 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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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.


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.

re: Harold

You are the reason Banksy exists.

Harold is out of the loop

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

do something real

"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.


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.


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.

A photo of the image

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.

one pump chump

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.

RE: Stencil

"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."



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

RE: Stencil

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.


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.

Mayor former grafitti artist

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

The solution

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."

Banksy Fan

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.

Be open-minded

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.


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.

one pump chump

He can paint on my property without permission.

To: "one pump chump"

I don't think he does cardboard boxes.

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