Banksy: New Yorkers charged $20 for flash of beaver - video
Enterprising locals in East New York are 'heroes' for imposing pay-per-view tariff on art lovers
TWO enterprising New Yorkers are charging visitors $20 to view a new piece of graffiti art by Banksy.
The men, who have declined to give their names, have covered up the stencil image of a beaver, which appeared on a wall in East New York. Visitors who want to see or photograph it must pay $20 before the men will remove the cardboard and rubbish sacks hiding it from view.
Banksy is installing a new work in New York every day this month as part of a project he calls Better Out than In.
A woman who has visited the site yesterday told the Gothamist website: "The general feeling is that nobody cares about this neighbourhood and now that they have something of value they should benefit. They wouldn't let me take a picture, but were happy to let me take a nice long look while blocking some others who had not paid."
The pay-per-view approach to Banksy’s work is perhaps preferable to attempts to cut his work out of walls.
Gawker's Cord Jefferson says the two men in East New York are "heroes". They have "elevated the original work, turning it into a performance piece about the commodification and hipster-fication of people's homes," he writes. "If you're going to treat a neighbourhood like an art museum, why shouldn't the residents of that neighbourhood charge admission like an art museum..." ·