Anger as man defaces newest Banksy artwork

Banksy's newest creation sparked an altercation in Williamsburg on Thursday when a man sprayed over the work with his own tag.

Banksy's newest work in Williamsburg depicting two women in kimonos, before the work was defaced.
Banksy's newest work in Williamsburg depicting two women in kimonos, before the work was defaced. Credit: Banksyny.com

As crowds gathered to admire the painting, named Bed Stuy, a man emerged with a spray can and defaced the silhouette, prompting an angry response from bystanders.

Bed Stuy after it was tagged by an unknown man
Bed Stuy after it was tagged by an unknown man Credit: PA

Crowds tried to pull the man away and detain him until police arrived but he managed to escape.

A man tries to tag Banksy's new work in Williamsburg.
A man tries to tag Banksy's new work in Williamsburg. Credit: PA

it has been suggested that the artwork, which depicts two women in kimonos, was inspired by artist Kara Walker.

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