You guys! Banksy made a graffiti! This one’s made of cinderblocks. The harbinger of the encroaching forces of English darkness turned up in Queens today.
“Everything but the kitchen Sphinx,” he puns on his website, horribly. “A 1/36 scale replica of the great Sphinx of Giza made from smashed cinderblocks.You’re advised not to drink the replica Arab spring water.”
Sure, today it’s a tiny sphinx. Tomorrow we’ll all be drinking tea and wearing large, sinister hats. That’s how they get you, the English.
No word yet on just where the piece is, besides Queens, which is a rather large area (and Banksy’s grasp on New York geography is demonstrably not the best. It may be in the Bronx, for all we know.) We’ll let you know when we find it, though.
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Here’s another glamour shot:
Share your thoughts on today’s piece in the comments. Or, as some of you have recently begun doing, cordially invite us to “Suck my dick on all this Banksy bullshit.” That’s cool, too. (Though we’ll have to pass.)
Update, 4:40 p.m.: Gothamist has kept us entertained all afternoon with the shitshow surrounding Tiny Mr. Sphinx. In short, people are, once again, behaving horrendously, with some dude claiming he “owns” the piece because he saw it first, some other dude getting all up in that dude’s face, and the whole thing ending with First Dude calling a moving truck to cart the sphinx away.
Goodbye, Tiny Mr. Sphinx. You were really great before you came into contact with humanity.
See the location, and a map of all Banksy’s other New York projects on the next page …
Street Art News tracked the piece down to Willets Point. It’s at 35th Avenue and 127th Street, which looks to be a parking area behind Citi Field. Scenic!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 22, 2013