#BanksyNY 31: Balloon Letters in Queens

10.31.13 Andy Cush

Today’s Better Out Than In piece is a set of balloons that read “BANKSY!” secured to the side of a warehouse just off the LIE in Queens. Banksy’s calling it “An inflatable throw-up on the Long Island Expressway.” It’s at 35th Street and Borden Avenue. Thanks to reader Arzi Rachman for the tip on the location. We’ll see whether this is the last piece of the month.

UPDATE: This article has been updated as of 1:00PM.

“And that’s it,” the artist writes on his site. “Thanks for your patience. It’s been fun. Save 5pointz. Bye.” He’s also released an “official Banksy New York residency souvenir T shirt” design, which is actually just a JPEG.

Here’s Banksy’s photographer snapping the piece.

And his audio guide, which calls the piece an “homage of sorts to the most prevalent form of graffiti, in the city that invented it for the modern era.”

It also gives an eloquent statement on the nature of street art.

Outisde is where art should live: among us. And rather than street art being a fad, maybe it’s the last thousand years of art history that are the blip, when art came inside, in service of the church and institutions. But art’s rightful place is on the cave walls of our communities, where it can act as a public service, provoke debate, voice concerns, forge identities.

As of 12:00PM, some guy is trying to take the piece. “He’s stumped and can’t figure out how to take it down,” says ANIMAL’s Aymann Ismail.

And as of 12:40, it’s gone. The cops have loaded it into the back of a van, and arrested the guys who took it down (apparently for trespassing), but not before one of them got punched in the chin by a Banksy fan.

(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)