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Banksy Piece Gets Tagged Over, We Get Sad

Photo by @Rob Tyrie.

Slowly but steadily, the Banksy pieces we featured earlier this week are vanishing.

The alley on Tuesday morning. Photo by Nick Kozak/Torontoist.

First, in time for a Monday afternoon rush of spectators, the “0% INTEREST IN PEOPLE” piece on Adelaide got painted unceremoniously over by order of the property owner. That was in addition to the tagged tree on Portland, which the City spirited away for more understandable reasons.
Soon after, the Banksy rat on the back of a Cherry Street sign got carted away, too.
And today, Rob Tyrie confirmed whispers we’d heard since yesterday: that the “will work for idiots” stencil, in an alley near Dundas and Manning, has been painted over.
Likely the work of local tagger MANR, the bomb is proof positive that some people just don’t like Banksy—and that even the best street art, by nature, may not last.