NEW YORK (PIX11) – It’s stopping people dead in their tracks, people like Dave Pachence.
He told PIX11 he thought to himself, “‘Why is everybody standing here,’ and I saw this and thought it could be him,” said Pachence.
Pachence said it was provocative because there is what appears to be a Natzi soldier sitting on a bench in this Banksy titled “The Banality of the Banality of evil.”
And, evil it is, said, Tony Broh, who had relatives that escaped Natzi Germany. “I think it’s pretty disgusting to have part of a scene like that in the street,” said Broh.
He’s the controversial artist that no one can pin down painting his way through the city since October 1st. Banksy insulted many when he recently dissed the One World Trade Center design in a rejected op-ed to the New York Times. Broh said he did it again right here.
“I don’t think it’s sensitive to the people of New York,” said Broh.
While controversial, it seemed Banksy did his latest piece for a good cause, giving it to Housing Works Thrift Shop. It was an anonymous donation, a manager said. The painting was mysteriously purchased then given back with Banksy’s mark in oil.
“I guess the thing about this, this looks like it’s going to raise over a hundred thousand dollars,” said David Raper for Housing Works Retail.
They stopped by for hours. Controversial or not, people were smiling when they finally spotted one up close.
“I don’t know the story behind it, so I’m not going to assume to know the context of it,” said Allison Good
The proceeds of the auction will go to HIV/AIDS and homelessness issues.