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Is Banksy’s 9/11 piece an inspiring tribute, or just disturbing?

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Banksy’s apparent tribute to 9/11 was spotted in Tribeca Tuesday. (Courtesy/Banksyny.com)

TriBeCa (PIX11) – Banksy’s latest piece was spotted Tuesday on Staple Street in TriBeCa, and depicts the scene of the 9/11 terror attacks with an orange flower emerging from a crack behind one of the Twin Towers.

Taken one way, the flower appears to show the first explosion on September 11th, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the North Tower.  Read a different way, a flower is growing from a crack in the cement wall, perhaps illustrating the resilience and strength of New Yorkers in the attack’s aftermath.  For some, the 9/11 tribute using a flower is just a cliche, while others are left wondering what to make of it.

“I’m not sure how to feel about this? I’m hoping it was painted out if respect! X,” wrote akj118 on the Banksyny Instagram post.  Meanwhile, stephen_e_morton posted, “Amazing as usual.”

The piece is the latest installation in his month-long Better Out Than In residency in New York City.  His other pieces have been widely celebrated online, and regularly defaced in the street.

Banksy has kept the public guessing in the first half of his NYC trip, apparently giving original spray pieces to an elderly salesman in Central Park.  Valued at some $30,000, the canvases went for just $60 — and demand was sparse.

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(Courtesy/Banksyny.com)