Banksy’s ‘Rat Race’ Artwork Has Been Taken Down By Building Owners

Banksy’s ‘Rat Race’ Artwork Has Been Taken Down By Building Owners
Workers were seen dismantling the clock on a former bank building located on the corner of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City.

Graffiti artist Banksy had recently graced the clock with his distinctive rat stencil , which got everyone in the Big Apple talking.

That, however, did not impress building owner Gemini Rosemont, who had ordered for the artwork to be removed.

According to a spokesperson, the clock will be stored safe before the demolition of the building. Rosemont is also laying out alternative options before finalizing steps of what should be done to the artwork.

The building was slated to tear down last October and replaced by a 13-story residential building, which is designed by ODA New York.

This is not the only recent mural in NYC that made headlines. Banksy also painted the Bowery wall which honored Turkish artist Zehra Dogan, who was put to prison over a painting.

Well that didn’t last long…. #banksy #nyc #graffiti #streetart photo courtesy: @zandywarhol

A post shared by Inkie (@inkiegraffiti) on Mar 20, 2018 at 9:30am PDT

A tipster just sent me video of workers getting set to remove the rat race #Banksy off 14th and 6th. The building owner reportedly sent them. Of all the pieces, I would’ve bet money that one would’ve lasted the longest.

— Bucky Turco (@buckyturco) March 20, 2018

So sad, another Banksy comes down for the collector, but not for the public!

— Max (@mobilepalooza) March 20, 2018

[via Curbed , opening image via Banksy ]

March 24, 2018 at 11:10PM