Art or vandalism?
While New Yorkers swarm to each piece shortly after it appears, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his disapproval of the street artist's daily displays clear this week, CNN reported Saturday.
When asked about Banksy's art Wednesday at a press conference, Bloomberg said, "Graffiti does ruin people's property and is a sign of decay and loss of control."
"Running up to somebody's property or public property and defacing it is not my definition of art. Or it may be art but it should not be permitted. I think that's exactly what the law says," Bloomberg continued.
Contrary to a New York Post report that the police were after Banksy, NYPD public information officer Annette Markowski told CNN he hasn't been pursued because no vandalism complaints have been filed against him. Banksy responded with a photo of the Post cover on his site, with "I don't read what i believe in the papers" below it.
Banksy launched his month-long "residency" in New York Oct. 1. Each day's artwork is posted on banksyny.com with an audio guide.
Not all artworks are painted on walls. Other works included a delivery truck repurposed as a mobile garden, a stall in Central Park selling Banksy canvases for $60 and a slaughterhouse truck filled with stuffed animals that toured the city's meatpacking district.
For a slideshow of Banksy's work in New York City, click here.