Banksy’s former right-hand man has launched a set of beforehand unseen images of one of many nameless avenue artist’s audacious public installations.
Steve Lazarides ― who chronicles the 11 years he spent working with the artist in his new ebook “Banksy Captured” ― this week shared with HuffPost a sequence of newly resurfaced photos he took of a stunt they pulled collectively in London’s busy Piccadilly Circus in 2003.
Banksy remodeled a helium-filled intercourse doll into a toddler being carried into the sky by a big McDonald’s-branded balloon for the piece, one among a number of related installations he unleashed on unsuspecting passersby within the English capital within the early noughties.
Lazarides defined how Banksy taped the doll’s legs to shorten its peak and got here up with a genius manner of anchoring the piece to a lamppost that concerned looping the wire across the doll’s ankle.
Banksy fled the scene quickly after attaching the paintings. Lazarides remained in place to take images of the response. He recalled being significantly tickled by the response from law enforcement officials.
“It was hysterical. I sat there and watched three or four groups of police drive by, take a look at it, stop, think ‘fuck this’ and go,” he remembered.
“It’s a bit like the line from ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ that it’s a ‘Someone Else’s Problem Field,’” he added. “They thought we could do something about this, but 1,000 tourists are going to take our picture and we’re going to look like absolute dicks, so they just drove off.”
The piece remained in place for six hours “until helium started slowly leaking out and the whole thing ended with it being ingloriously hit by a bus,” Lazarides mentioned.
But at no level did the pair (who had been the one ones in on the stunt) worry being arrested, mentioned Lazarides.
“It’s amazing. If you think in this new era, the chance of being able to do that and not be tracked by CCTV the minute you leave your house is now zero,” he mentioned. “It’s insane what we got away with back then.”
Lazarides, who like Banksy hails from Bristol in southwest England, launched the primary quantity of his ebook documenting his time with the artist earlier this month.
It options a whole lot of photos he took from 1997 till 2008. Many of the photographs existed solely as movie negatives in packing containers in his attic till two years in the past, when he started the arduous job of scanning them.
Banksy himself options in a few of the pictures, at all times along with his face obscured.
The ebook’s preliminary print run of 5,000 bought out in 23 hours. A second run, that includes a distinct cowl, is now on sale.
Lazarides mentioned he was “ecstatic” on the response and is now planning a second quantity with totally different photos, presumably together with the long-forgotten floating lady ones that he found on an previous onerous drive final week.
“It was like finding a little pot of gold,” he mentioned. “It’s another element that cements the story of his early career that, without trying to sound like too much of a twat, it’s like documenting the birth of a legend.”
Check out the ebook’s web site right here and Steve Lazarides’ Instagram feed right here.
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