“Well, this is the last day of the show,” says the audio guide accompanying Banksy’s final piece made entirely of balloons, ending his 31-day street art odyssey in Queens. “I’d like to say, we’re going out on a high note.”
Every day of last month during his Better Out Than In “residency,” his fans had a lot to do. The British street artist would post images of his work and send throngs of admirers, journalists and haters racing to find, document, tag, restore, tag some more, steal (or try to) and lovingly muse over the pieces. “Banksy has the art world in the palm of his hand with New York in a frozen zone, awaiting his every next move,” wrote graffiti legend COST towards the end of the month.
And now it’s over. How are his fans going to deal?
“When something exciting happens and it ends, there’s a letdown,” Barbara Bergier, a professional psychoanalyst for 20 years, tells ANIMAL. “This is not just about artwork, Banksy and graffiti. It’s about people’s personalities. Some people can keep it as a good memory. Some people fall to pieces. Every person is unique.”
The comments left by admirers on Banksy’s official Instagram account run the gamut from appreciation and thanks to remorse and sadness.
There are those who themselves were made to feel special by participating. They are more vulnerable. Bergier says, “They could go in a state of grieving or mourning.” We’ve provided a location of vigils for your mourning conveniences.
Bergier offers the last bit of advice for those severely afflicted by the loss of Banksy: “If this hits you so hard that you’re depressed or you can’t recover, I think it’s time to see a therapist.”