Is This ANOTHER Banksy Crayon-Inspired Piece in L.A.? [UPDATED]
As the clock ticks down towards Sunday's Academy Awards, Los Angeles may have hit a "Banksy Fever" apex, and we aren't immune here at LAist. First there was the "Crayola Shooter," then the "Charlie Brown Firestarter." Next, while the "Pissing Dog," was late to catch our attention, the "Living the Dream" billboard attracted so much attention it had to come down immediately. Meanwhile, fans became outraged when they heard Urban Outfitters, whose Westwood wall was where the colorful kid with the gun showed up, wanted to paint over the piece. Only it wasn't Urban Outfitters--it was the property management--who wanted it gone. Only, well, someone else got to it first, and Charlie Brown is no more.
Reader @mrlongsworth Tweeted us this morning with what could be a fifth Banksy to pop up of late, and the second one with the crayon motif. Still not confirmed by Banksy's official website, the wall at Washington Boulevard and Compton Avenue is far south of the street artist's usual Hollywood/Melrose/West Hollywood domain. Do we have yet another Banksy piece to ogle? [UPDATE: It's confirmed. This, and 2 other pieces, are by Banksy]
And, yes, we know: there are tons of other street artists at work in Los Angeles these days. Of note among the many, JR has been at MOCA, and on Melrose (which Mondette says is the new "mecca" for street art).