The British street artist created a shadowy depiction of the Twin Towers on Staple Street in Tribeca, adorned with a bright orange flower protruding from a crack in the wall, seemingly representing the explosive September 11 attack.
Thus far the reactions to the the 9/11 homage have been mixed. Commenters on Banksy's Instagram have left statements like "No words" and "Brilliant and poetic." Yet the artwork has left critics like Hyperallergic's Hrag Vartanian unimpressed: "I’m still surprised at how cliché this particular piece seems."
'I like Bansky's work, but anything dealing with sentiment regarding 9-11 disgusts me. I have to add that it's quite personal for me.' said George from NYC.
While comments are mixed, one can't help but wonder: 'what is so beautiful about a building exploding?' Although 9/11 was a tragedy and is remembered by many, using a beautiful flower to represent the explosion on the twin tower is insulting and revolting. There is nothing beautiful about people dying and to hear people talk about how beautiful the artwork resembling such a tragedy is dishonoring the memories of those fallen in its wake.
For example: 'brilliant and poetic' does not describe 9/11, as a flower resembling the explosion as beautiful is poetically disgusting. Have people lost their minds? As for cliche, it is cliche that madness begets a frenzy of insanity that poetically presents itself to those lost in its wake searching for truth in a world of disruption and panic.
Do we call it art or a slap in the face by a the British Street Artist?