From the New York Times: “As New Orleans faces another potentially destructive storm, the street artist known as Banksy has created more than a dozen murals around the city. The murals depict a variety of scenes, including Abraham Lincoln as a homeless man pushing a basket, a marching band wearing gas masks, an old man in a rocking chair with an American flag below the words ‘No Loitering,’ and a boy on a swing made out of a life preserver. According to a statement released by Banksy on Thursday, the murals were created in response to Fred Radtke, an anti-graffiti campaigner also known as the Gray Ghost, who uses gray paint to cover up graffiti. The statement also said, ‘Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean up operation.’”

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