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Has graffiti artist/political activist/painter Banksy hit the building CBR’s offices are in? It’s possible.
LAist has been publishing photos taken of street art that popped up overnight throughout Los Angeles with at least four of the five pieces confirmed via Banksy’s official site. A fifth piece believed to be the work of Banksy appeared outside the building that houses the CBR home office at 7024 Melrose Ave., the corner of Melrose & La Brea in Hollywood. Here’s two photos of the piece picturing a little girl in a pink dress holding a mallet that’s been posted between the windows outside Golden Apple Comics. Click the images below to make with the big.
While it’s still not confirmed whether this is a Banksy piece, it makes sense that the artist would choose this building as his canvas. For one, 7024 Melrose Ave. is something of an epicenter for pop culture in Hollywood, home to both Golden Apple Comics and Gallery 1988, a fantastic pop-culture art gallery. The building is also located at the eastern edge of a shopping district popular with tourists in Hollywood (the legendary Pinks hot dog stand is across the street). And finally, Banksy has been in the area before – in 2006 an image of a rat with a paintbrush and the phrase “I’m out of bed and dressed – what more do you want?” popped up on a building just two blocks from this location (it’s since been removed).
Lots of people have been stopping by the Apple to check out the piece. If you’re in the area, stop by, take a picture with it, then pop inside the store and buy some comics. It is New Comics Wednesday, ya know!
UPDATE: Aaron posted in our comments below that the piece of art is not by Banksy, but by LA’s own stencil artist Dog Byte. MELROSEandFAIRFAX has more details about the piece and the artist. It doesn’t matter who it’s by, it’s still damn cool and we want more!