Banksy Adds Value to the Street. Now You Live in a Gallery

Video by Alexandra Garreton

In 2010 Banksy took to the streets of San Francisco and left about 10 of his guerrilla-style graffiti works, some of which are still on display in Chinatown, the Haight and the Mission.

One piece, slapped on the side of a building in the Mission, showed a child with a paintbrush along with the words, “This’ll look nice when it’s framed.” Others featured rats, one of his recurring antiestablishment images. READ MORE.

The Chronicle reports that many business owners hurried to paint over the work because they were complying with the city’s policy of having business owners painting over any graffiti or tag or face a fine. However, the business owner of Ali Baba’s on 18th and Valencia thinks differently about graffiti, as Mission Local found out.

Ensuring the protection of public art is one thing, but it becomes a heated conversation when people want to make a gallery out of the street. Check out the video above to find out more about how street artists deal with the notion of vandalism and art.

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