On Monday we learned that mysterious street artist Banksy orchestrated an art stunt on the streets of NYC over the weekend that no one knew what was really going on until after it was all said and done. Today we get to see the latest art stunt that Banksy has unleashed upon the Big Apple as his ongoing Better Out Than In art residency in NYC rolls on. Banksy has been spray painting art pieces all over NYC in the past couple of weeks but has, today, unveiled a new sculpture as part of his art residency. Ronald McDonald is the subject of Banksy‘s latest art piece, check it out in full below and see what Banksy has come up with now.
For the 16th day of “Better Out Than In,” Banksy has tackled a familiar subject: corporate business and McDonald’s in particular. Dubbed Shoeshine, the new piece is the controversial street artist’s latest commentary on big business and depicts “the powerful figure of Ronald McDonald waving impassively as his ridiculously oversized clown shoes are buffed to a fine shine.” Appearing today in the South Bronx, Shoeshine is set to make its way to a different McDonalds around the city at lunchtime for the next week as its fiberglass shoe is shined by a “real live boy.”
The sculpture is impressive, particularly since it comes with a real live “boy”. It’s clear that Banksy has quite a few tricks up his sleeve and he is clearly having fun with this project. I’m sure how it works logistically to haul this huge sculpture all over town but I do like the concept. I must admit, I’m really jealous that NYC is getting all of the fun. I doubt that Banksy will bring his show to LA anytime soon but even tho it’s not as fun as being there, getting to watch this art residency unfold online is kind of neat. Love it or hate it, Banksy is really turning the art world on its head. It looks like Banksy is trying to be the Andy Warhol of our generation. I think he’s doing a pretty decent job thus far.