Banksy doesn't like the design of One World Trade Center
The controversial British artist took up architecture criticism in an attempted op-ed for The New York Times—then took a jab at the newspaper for rejecting it
Mon Oct 28 2013
Photograph via Banksy
Banksy has nearly reached the end of his monthlong NYC residency, but even as the project enters its final days, he's found new ways to ruffle feathers. His latest target is One World Trade Center—or rather its design, which he criticized yesterday in a rejected New York Times op-ed (pictured below), posted on his website. Set in the newspaper's recognizable typeface, the scathing review calls the nearly complete, 1,776-foot-tall building "the biggest eyesore in New York," "a disaster," a "non-event," a spineless "shyscraper" and, perhaps worst of all, "something they would build in Canada."
But that's not all. The graffiti artist took to the walls of Greenpoint on Sunday to express his disappointment with The New York Times for not printing the piece, stenciling "This site contains blocked messages" at Noble and West Streets. Gothamist reports that the piece has already been taken down. A spokesperson from the Times told the New York Post that the editorial was rejected because the two parties couldn't agree on the piece or the artwork and added, "What he has posted on his site is not exactly the same as what he submitted.”
What do you think of the forthcoming One World Trade Center? (Compared with these blights on our skyline, we think it's pretty okay.)
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