Banksy Mural Vandalized

Vandal cut through plexiglass, sprayed ‘Team Robbo’ in red paint

One of the few remaining New Orleans paintings by the street art superstar Banksy was defaced with red paint over Christmas. A vandal cut through part of the plexiglass barrier protecting the 12-year-old artwork, near the intersection of Clio and Carondelet streets, to apply a scarlet graffiti tag.

Restaurateur Greg Surrey, who owns the property, said he last saw the painting undisturbed on Christmas Eve. Julie Posner, office manager for Surrey’s restaurants, said that as she was leaving the building Saturday, she noticed something was wrong.

“I said, ‘What is that red?’” she recalled. “What made my heart sink was the permanence of this. It’s just so selfish.”


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