Bansky's graffiti restored and put on display in this new building in Toronto. Another artist created the display, which is why you see double: the one on the right is a reflection. Go see it in the PATH walkway. 👀
As reported by @globeandmail:
Distinctive #graffiti by the famed British street artist #Banksy appeared suddenly on the façade of a vacant office building near Toronto's waterfront several years ago.
The stencil painting of a policeman or security guard clutching the leash of a muzzled pink balloon dog was one of seven pieces the elusive artist created on downtown walls during a visit in May, 2010. Seen by some as vandalism, several were immediately painted over while others were rendered unrecognizable by local graffiti artists:
But the uniformed man and his balloon dog – which was also tagged – met a different fate. When a real estate developer bought the building from the provincial government a year later, officials ordered demolition crews to carefully salvage and store the limestone slabs. "It's an important piece. I think we all recognized that pretty early on," said @JaredMenkes, vice-president of high-rise residential at @MenkesLife, which co-owns the site.
The artwork, which has been restored to its original state, was recently installed in a second-floor PATH pedestrian walkway in a new 35-storey condo, office and retail building on the same plot of land, at 1 York St., just south of the Gardiner Expressway.
Banksy, who has never confirmed his identity, is known for his politically charged critiques of capitalism, authority, poverty and the art establishment. Indeed, the officer and dog piece was created on the former headquarters of the Ontario Provincial Police just a month before #Toronto hosted the G20 Summit. #Menkes