Better settle in for this one, folks. At this rate, we might have daily Banksy updates during the month. At around 9 this morning, Banksy posted his third stencil to his Instagram and website in as many days. Keeping the good humor coming, this latest piece shows the silhouette of a dog taking a leak on a fire hydrant with the thought bubble: “You complete me…” We’re assuming the title of the piece is All I Ever Wanted Was A Shoulder To Crayon, which made us laugh harder than we probably should have. No specifics on the exact location yet. All we know is that it’s somewhere in Midtown, and we’re going to do our best to find it.
Update: We found it!
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At the very least, the information hotline is live (1-800-656-4271, #2). For someone who has totally convulsed New York City with what’s probably the biggest scavenger hunt in history, Banksy has somehow managed to stay self-deprecating about his work.
The narrator on the hotline opens his description of the latest piece with: “Are you’re looking at one of the great artworks of the 21st century? If so, you’re in the wrong place. You should be looking at a stencil of a dog peeing on a hydrant.”
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The rest of the narration satirizes the nonsensical jargon that often accompanies pieces of art in galleries; The point here is not some grand statement about the “juxtaposition of form and substance”, as the sly voice says, but about getting thousands of people to run around Manhattan searching for the image of dog peeing on a hydrant that’s in love with it. And isn’t that more fun?
Runnin’ Scared will post the location as soon as we find it. Let’s hope no one destroys or buffs it before we get there.
Update: We found it!
Go to the next page for the location and those of Banksy’s two other pieces in the series.
#1: The Street Is In Play. 18 Allen Street, near Canal, on the Lower East Side.
#2: This Is My New York Accent…Normally I Write Like This. West 25th Street between 10th and 11th avenues.
#3: All I Ever Wanted Was A Shoulder To Crayon. 24th Street and Sixth Avenue, Manhattan.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 3, 2013