Brooklyn, NY - Orthodox Jew To Sell Truck Decorated By Banksy Graffiti Artist
Brooklyn, NY - Mysterious street artist Banksy, who has garnered a cult-like following over the years with his often satirical graffiti, picked a rather unusual target for one of his latest art projects, scrawling graffiti across the rear door of a truck owned by a Jewish businessman from Brooklyn.
The graffiti is part of a month long project by the elusive English artist, titled Better Out Than In, where Banksy has left his mark on a daily basis in some area of New York City. While Banksy has decorated walls, created murals and even circulated a slaughterhouse delivery truck with the heads of toy stuffed animals peeking out its sides throughout the city for two weeks, his target this past Shabbos was a box truck belonging to I and A Merchandising in Sunset Park.
I and A’s owner, Israel, had no idea that his truck had been used as a giant canvas by Banksy until after Shabbos, as first reported by the Gothamist.
“After Shabbos I got a lot of phone calls,” Israel told VIN News. “I googled Banksy and thought I would just leave the truck where it was until Monday, but a chasidishe guy called me and said ‘you better go move the truck before someone vandalizes it.’”
Israel took the proffered advice and moved his truck to an undisclosed location.
The red graffiti, described by the artist on his website as an “alternative New York bumper slogan”, covered the rear of Israel’s 2012 Chevy box truck and Israel hopes to be able to sell the truck’s rear door.
“I have an offer of $75,000, just for the door,” said Israel, who told VIN News that he intends to take the buyer up on his offer.
“I am going to sell it, because it is worth money and could pay off some debts,” explained Israel.
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