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Banksy's Girl with Umbrella Defaced (UPDATED)
Updated 5:50 p.m.
Local work from the mysterious, world renowned street artist Banksy, has been defaced. The famous piece on the corner of N. Rampart and Kerlerec was painted in 2008, during Banksy's stint in New Orleans.
The last of the plexi glass that guarded the precious piece was destroyed, as were the koi fish on the sidewalk below the Banksy piece. San Francisco-based Jeremy Novy is responsible for the fish.
NoDef found the weapon at the scene of the crime, pictured below.
Much of the British artist's New Orleans work appeared when he reportedly visited the city in 2008. Other pieces included depictions of a girl flying a refrigerator shaped as a kite, a homeless Abraham Lincoln pushing a shopping cart and National Guardsmen liberating a TV from a building on Elysian Fields Ave. Several of the pieces were covered over by vigilante graffiti combatant The Gray Ghost (aka Fred Radtke). After more Banksy pieces were tagged by other graffiti artists or re-developers, the umbrella girl was covered with plexiglass.
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UPDATE 5:45 p.m. Girl with Umbrella Cleaned of Red Paint
Apparently the graffiti artists weren't successful in completely defacing the famed street art. As of 5:30 p.m., the red paint that was sprayed over the piece was cleaned off. Only about 15 percent of the plexi covering the work remains, but, as shown by the photo below, she was still preserved from outside paint.
B.E. Mintz & M.D. Dupuy contributed reporting
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