We caught the street artist behind “Hanksy” in the act of putting up a large wheat-paste artwork late one night this past week on Orchard Street, in New York’s Lower East Side, just a couple of blocks away from Global Graphica HQ.
“Hanksy” is a cheeky homage to British street art star Banksy and his iconic artworks but with a twist: In Hanksy’s pieces the face of actor Tom Hanks is mashed up into the work. The artwork Hanksy is pictured pasting up in the photos here is a direct reference to Banksy’s “Sweeping It Under the Carpet,” originally put up in London.
We walked by the spot where this work was pasted the next day and it was gone. Too bad. We hope we see more Hanksy in the neighborhood.