Guards posted to protect Banksy work in NYC

Guards posted to protect Banksy work in NYC

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: People pose to have their pictures taken in front of Banksy's latest work depicting the New York City skyline with the former World Trade Center Twin Towers October 15, 2013 in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Beginning October 1st the British street artist Banksy announced he would be creating new street art for a month in New York. (Photo by Daniel Pierce Wright/Getty Images)

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The Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Brooklyn building owner has hired security guards and installed a metal gate to protect a work by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy.

The New York Post reports that the rolling gate went up Friday over the wall in the Williamsburg neighborhood where Banksy spray-painted two geishas and a bonsai tree.

Cara Tabachnick, whose family owns the building, says the goal is to preserve the artwork “so it can be viewed and enjoyed.”

Banksy announced on his website that he would undertake a “residency” on the streets of New York this month.

Most of the Banksy works that have gone up have been tagged over by others, and some have been completely erased.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week that graffiti ruins property and is “a sign of decay.”

Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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