Banksy's face exposed in New York?
Installation mishap with Banksy's new truck exhibition in the East Village leads one fan to believe he's captured an image of the street artist's face.PT1M47S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2v9xi 620 349 October 10, 2013
Have they found Banksy, or have they been prank-sied ... again?
A wary UK and US press have run stories suggesting that they have photographs of the infamous street artist Banksy, while carefully placing question marks at the end of almost every sentence for fear they could end up being the subject of another elaborate stunt.
Pictures purporting to be of Banksy were taken by members of the public on Saturday night when one of his installations went wrong.
Banksy starred in the documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop, but we still didn't see his face.
Banksy is taking to the streets of New York this month, creating an open-air exhibition entitled Better Out Than In.
He is intermittently installing his art - mostly in the form of stencils on walls - in mystery locations around the American city, then posting photos of the completed work on an Instagram account.
One such piece is a mobile waterfall that has been installed in the back of a truck.
On Saturday night, the waterfall suffered a technical glitch and the gathered crowd got an additional and unexpected show.
One observer told the The New York Daily News that the installation, which features a waterfall, moving butterflies, and vivid floral decorations lit by a sun in the back of the truck, suddenly went dark after approximatley half an hour.
A 26-year-old Banksy fan, Thomas McKean, who had rushed to the location after Banksy posted it on social media, told the paper that two men in overalls who had been loitering on either side of the road then "leaped into action - slamming the back of the truck shut and jumping in the cab to drive away".
Another bystander, Emily Pier, had taken a photo of one of the two men before the power outage, and posted it on Instagram.
The two men then drove the truck to a nearby petrol station, with McKean in pursuit, where he snapped pictures of a man he believes to be Banksy - a different man to the one photographed by Pier.
Both photos have now been published around the world with the sort of editorial certainty Banksy (pictured below right) loves to engender.
"Popular graffiti artist Banksy may have been betrayed by a bad battery," said the New York Daily News under McLean's photo.
"Unmasked? This photograph apparently shows reclusive graffiti artist Banksy in New York City," said the Daily Mail.
While Fairfax NZ gave the emphatic description "A man who is possibly Banksy - or at least one of his drivers" to Pier's photo.
So in summary: Two men were photographed next to a truck in New York on Saturday, it may have been art, or a stunt, or Banksy, or something, or nothing.