Sadly, artist Mr. Brainwash is still a thing that exists. Even more depressing, he still gets hired to do commercial work. And still even more dreadful than that, he was recently commissioned by Century 21 to wheatpaste paint a big sloppy mural commemorating 9/11 right across the street from the World Trade Center site. The street art Frankenstein spawned by Banksy is expected to finish it this afternoon. According to the the company’s press release, MBW was the obvious man for the job:

When Mr. Brainwash came to us with this idea we were honored. We are such big fans of his work and loved the idea of showing our support and dedication for the Downtown community and NYC’s bravest and finest right on our building. His piece exemplifies a tribute to the resiliency of New York City and all Americans after 9/11.” – Isaac Gindi, Century 21 Department Store co-owner and Executive Vice President.

So to recap: A discount retailer claims it’s paying tribute to NYC, by contracting a spoof artist from Los Angeles, to create shit artwork, memorializing one of the most horrific disasters to ever happen in the United States. (Photos: Mr. Brainwash/Facebook)