One of the new Banksy murals in Midwood, Brooklyn (all photos by the author unless indicated otherwise) Banksy’s latest series of interventions in the New York City streetscape continued apace today.
This afternoon the artist revealed on Instagram that a mural in the Midwood section of Brooklyn that had come to widespread attention last week is in fact his doing.
The mural is a characteristically coy commentary on capitalism, although it is accompanied by a smaller piece that depicts a seal.
The pair is located in Midwood, at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue I. The larger one features what looks like a real estate developer (equipped with both a briefcase and a hardhat) brandishing a whip in the shape a rising red line graph, while a procession of children, a woman, an elderly person, and a dog flee.
Nearby, a smaller mural whose connection to the theme of gentrification is indecipherable, features a seal balancing a ball — formed by the unpainted circle where a sign used to hang — on its nose.