Pink elephants, cockroaches star in LA art show
Updated: 2006-09-16 10:39
A live cockroach is shown on an artistic
interpretation of Paris Hilton's music CD at an exhibition by British
underground artist Banksy titled "Barely Legal" at a warehouse near downtown Los
Angeles September 15, 2006.[Reuters]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A live Asian elephant, painted in pink and gold,
stands in a makeshift living room.
Giant cockroaches swarm over copies of Paris Hilton's pop CD. A dummy angel
wearing a gas mask and a white parachute flaps in the blue skies.
Even in free-wheeling Los Angeles, they'd never seen anything quite like
British graffiti artist and prankster Banksy opened his first Los Angeles
show on Friday in an obscure warehouse in industrial Downtown, bringing his
subversive humor and anti-capitalist message to a city better known for wealth
"Barely Legal," a free three-day event billed as a "vandalized warehouse
extravaganza," opened with the excitement and puzzlement that has come to be the
hallmark of the elusive "guerrilla artist."
Banksy keeps his identity secret but has built up a cult following in Europe
over the last four years, placing his work in top museums, zoos or on the
"It is really amazing. I think he is hilarious," said Los Angeles graphic
designer Manny Skiles, 30, who has spent two years following Banksy's work
mostly through the Internet.
Skiles and dozens of others spent more than an hour lining up to buy $500
limited print editions of Banksy's work. The originals sell for up to 25,000