<i>The Siren of the Lambs</i> ... a stuffed animals display that circled the meat packing district of New York on October 11.

The Siren of the Lambs ... a stuffed animals display that circled the meat packing district of New York on October 11.

British street art superstar Banksy says police have prevented him from creating a new piece of art in New York as promised on each day of the month.

"Today's art has been cancelled due to police activity," he wrote in a blank window on his website www.banksyny.com under the heading October 23.

The same message was carried on his instagram account, which has more than 255,000 followers and which, like his website, each day announces his pop-up exhibition.

Whited out ... Banksy art, titled The Street Is In Play, survived less than a day in New York. Click for more photos

Banksy's bite too much for big apple

Whited out ... Banksy art, titled The Street Is In Play, survived less than a day in New York.

  • Whited out ... Banksy art, titled The Street Is In Play, survived less than a day in New York.
  • New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says graffiti ruins property. 'It's a sign of decay and loss of control,' local media have reported.
  • A scene titled 'Tweety' from artist Banksy's new installation 'The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill' is seen October 8, 2008 in New York City. The 'pet store' features an animatronic leopard, monkey, chicken nuggets and hot dogs along with other creations.
  • A scene titled 'Chicken Nuggets' from artist Banksy's 2008 installation 'The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill'.
  • A portrait by a British graffiti artist known as 'Banksy' is shown in this undated photo. The work hung on the wall at the Brooklyn Museum, after the artist surreptitiously hung his own works of art in four New York museums.
  • Two women have their picture taken next to new artwork by British graffiti artist Banksy on West 24th street in New York City.
  • A dog urinates on a new work by British graffiti artist Banksy on West 24th street in New York City.
  • A person walks by a new Bansky work on a side of a wall  in New York City.
  • People look at a new Bansky work on a side of a wall on in New York City.
  • People look at a new Bansky work on a side of a wall in New York City.
  • A new Bansky work is viewed on a side of a wall stating "This is My New York Accent" in New York City.
  • A Chicago man scores hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Banksy art at the cost of $60 per piece in New York.

Banksy provided no other details. And a spokesman for New York Police Department had no immediate comment.

Art work by the England-based graffiti maestro, who has never been formally identified, can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars in upmarket galleries.

His month-long residency in New York has attracted a cult following, but has enraged the owners of defaced property and been criticised by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A newspaper image posted on Banksy's website on October 17, with the caption: 'I don't read what i believe in the papers'.

A newspaper image posted on Banksy's website on October 17, with the caption: 'I don't read what i believe in the papers'.

"Graffiti does ruin people's property, and it's a sign of decay and loss of control," Bloomberg said last week.

"Some places are for arts, and some aren't."

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the owner of a building put guards on watch after Banksy painted two geishas on a bridge and it was tagged.

The artist's take on the twin towers of the World Trade Center brought down on September 11, 2001 - painted in Brooklyn Heights, was removed after less than a week.

Banksy's stencilled designs, known for their irreverent humour and political activism, have propelled him from a graffiti rebel to reluctant star.

Called Better Out Than In his New York show includes traditional stencil designs with installation art.

One of the highlights is a slaughterhouse delivery truck stuffed with soft toy animals, which appeared first in Manhattan's uber trendy meatpacking district.

Called The Sirens of the Lambs, the cuddly toy pigs, sheep, chickens and cows are operated by puppeteers and also tours the city everyday until the end of October.

AFP