“For those of you wanting to know if this was a permission piece, it wasn’t,” wrote Banksy in an update on his site. He’s referring to the desperate guy with flowers stencil Team Banksy spray painted on a roll down gate at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Hell’s Kitchen. Why the need for the odd admission? Whatever his intentions, it’s certainly an effective way to needle the mayor and the NYPD.
Within hours of its appearance on Thursday morning, owners cut out the work and carted it away, as has been done before. Like many of the street artist’s outdoor pieces, the gate could fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The club’s marketing director, Steve Karel, said they removed the door “to keep it safe from vandals until we determine where it can be displayed in the future — hopefully inside of the club.” (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNwYork)