Banksy, the British-born international graffiti artist sensation, has taken up residence in New York City, and his most recent conquest was a wall in Woodside.
Just a block north of the No. 7 train on Roosevelt Avenue, at the corner of 69th Street and 38th Avenue, the artist’s current work was unveiled on Monday morning when a woman, on her way to work, saw a man packing up painting supplies into a rental truck and driving off.
It didn’t take long for dozens of Banksy fans and nearby residents to flock to the wall, holding cameras and smartphones to catch a photo of the ever-mysterious Banksy’s work. Banksy has never revealed his real name or identity.
The painting features a stenciled man wiping away a line written in pink script that says “What we do in life echoes in Eternity.” The quote is from the move “Gladiator.”
As Banksy is controversial both inside and outside the art world, it didn’t take long for the piece to be defaced. The same day the work was discovered, black paint was smeared across it with the phrase “Problem Child.”
Reportedly, the icon will continue to produce works across the city throughout October.