NEW YORK (PIX11) – Mayor Bloomberg is a fan of the arts, just not UK street artist Banksy.
The elusive stencil master is now halfway through a month-long residency in New York City, and fans — and haters — have been flocking to his pieces as they pop up in the five boroughs.
At a press conference Wednesday announcing the completion of a $4.7 billion water tunnel to Manhattan, a reporter asked hizzoner about the “Exit Through the Gift Shop” creator.
“Graffiti does ruin people’s property and is a sign of decay and loss of control,” Bloomberg said. “Art is art, and nobody is a bigger supporter of the arts than I am, I just think there are some places for art, and some places for no (art).”
The question comes after a Banksy 9/11 tribute in TriBeCa drew a flock of onlookers Tuesday — as well as some criticism on social media.
On Wednesday, Banksy skewered the McDonald’s chain with a large fiberglass statue of Ronald McDonald getting his massive, red shoes being shined by a “real live boy.” Posted on his website, the video comes with an audio guide and a promise to feature it “outside a different McDonalds (sic) every lunchtime for the next week.”