“Two men remove tarps covering Banksy’s stuffed-animal slaughterhouse truck.” – Brucwe Golding and Reuven Fentobn
(The following excerpt from Okay, Who’s Banksy? by Bruce Golding and Reuven Fenton appeared on nypost.com on October 17, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
One of the men atop this truck could be Banksy — or maybe it’s both of them.
A Wi-Fi installer snapped a series of photos Wednesday morning as the duo removed tarps covering the mysterious British artist’s satirical, stuffed-animal slaughterhouse truck outside a Red Hook warehouse.
The shutterbug, a Westchester resident named John, said he also heard the man wearing a red bandanna speak briefly with what sounded like “a British or Irish accent” as he stood on the rolling artwork, dubbed “Sirens of the Lambs.”
“I walked over to them. I said, ‘OK, who’s Banksy?’ and they just kind of shrugged me off,” he said.
John — who was at the warehouse picking up supplies for his job — said both men resembled published photos of people presumed to be Banksy.
“Do I think I saw him? I don’t know,” he said. “But I saw his stuff, and I think it’s witty and funny.”
He also posted some of his photos to his Twitter account, prompting “a bunch of hate mail” from Banksy fans upset the artist’s cover could be blown.
In 2008, the Daily Mail reported that “an exhaustive, yearlong investigation” suggested that Banksy’s real name is Robin Gunningham, that he was born in Bristol, England, in 1973, and that he left school at age 16 to begin “dabbling in street art.”
Wednesday evening, a bearded driver steered another roving Banksy artwork — known as the “mobile garden” — out of the gated warehouse site and into Manhattan.
The box truck stopped on Bleecker Street, where the rear door was rolled up to reveal its lush, tropical interior as dozens of passers-by rushed over to gawk and take pictures.