On Tuesday we noted the appearance of a new street art mural in Los Angeles, suggesting that if it was indeed the work of secretive British street artist Banksy — as the person who first posted it online claimed — it seemed to be a response of sorts to the recent thefts and sales of his murals. However, as the New York Times’s Melena Ryzik reports (all the while describing the Huffington Post as a magazine), the stencil in question is the work of L.A. street artist Strömberg.
On Tuesday Stromberg posted an image of the “Vandals” mural on Facebook, accompanied with the text: “I ruined another wall in #hollywood … #Vandals beware.” Later, after the work went viral due to its alleged provenance, he posted a link to an L.A. Weekly story describing the mural as a “fake Banksy,” commenting: “Fake Banksy? Questionable… Original Stromberg! Definitely… Whatever you want to call it is up to you… I’m just happy that the artwork was seen around the planet.”
“He has used the word ‘vandalism’ before, but the piece is fake,” a Banksy spokesperson told the Times via email.
Another of Strömberg’s new murals references the many rats that have recurred throughout Banksy’s oeuvre.
— Benjamin Sutton