Bloomberg doesn’t seem too keen on Banksy

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Halfway through Banksy’s New York “residency,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared reluctant to call the graffiti pieces, like this one on the Lower East Side, “art.”
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Halfway through Banksy’s “residency” in New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared reluctant to call the graffiti pieces scattered across the five boroughs “art” Wednesday.

“Graffiti does ruin people’s property and it’s a sign of decay and loss of control. Art is art,” the mayor said.

Though Bloomberg didn’t mention the elusive artist by name, he said that there are instances where where art is acceptable.

“You running up to somebody’s property or public property and defacing is not my definition of art,” he said. “Or, it may be art but it should not be permitted.”

While most of Banksy’s pieces this month in the city may furrow the mayor’s brow, the latest isn’t vandalism at all, but a fiberglass statue called “McDonalds” in the South Bronx.

The Ronald McDonald caricature will appear at different McDonald’s restaurants over the next week, accompanied by a boy shining his shoes, according to the artist’s website.

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