NEW YORK (CBSNewYorkAP) — A Brooklyn building owner has hired security guards and installed a metal gate to protect a work by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy.
The New York Post reports that the rolling gate went up Friday over the wall in Williamsburg where Banksy spray-painted two geishas and a bonsai tree.
Cara Tabachnick, whose family owns the building, said the goal is to preserve the artwork “so it can be viewed and enjoyed.”
Banksy announced on his website that he would undertake a “residency” on the streets of New York this month.
Most of the Banksy works that have gone up have been tagged over by others, and some have been completely erased.
Building manager Jose Goya told WCBS 880′s Jim Smith that they were doing their best to protect Banksy’s “beautiful job”.
“We try to take care the best we can,” Goya said, “I think it’s a beautiful job this guy did so we try to protect it.”
Sharon Yang was visiting from out of town and wanted to get an up close look at Banksy’s work.
“I’m about to put it on social media just like everybody else has,” she said, “Actually it’s a lot larger scale than I anticipated it to be.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week that graffiti ruins property and is “a sign of decay.”
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