The Lower East Side is host to Banksy’s latest piece: a crowd of stampeding horses in night-vision goggles, classical figures of men prostrating themselves before the wild stallions as they ride gallantly into battle. Or something. Anyway, we’ve got the location of the piece, thanks to a helpful commenter on Instagram.
A distinguishing feature of this new piece is that no part of it is on a wall: It’s rendered on the sides of two vehicles, adding impressive visual depth.
But the real heft of this piece is in the accompanying audio. No tongue-in-cheek barbs aimed at the art world. No smarm about the nature of graffiti in the modern era.
No, just the racket of gun turrets and radio communications between soldiers killing civilians.
The cut comes from the infamous Collateral Murder video released to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning in 2010. The 17-minute horror show depicts the killing of children and civilians by U.S. soldiers in Iraq trying to rescue wounded Iraqi combatants. The sound taken for the Banksy piece starts comes around the 12-minute mark.
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It ends with: “They shouldn’t have brought a kid to a gun battle.”
Watch the video below.
On the next page is a map to the location of the latest piece.
159 Ludlow Street, between Stanton and Rivington streets
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 9, 2013