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By now, a week into Banksy's New York residency, it seems routine to await the unknown street artist's Instagram picture of his newest piece each morning. Today, @banksyny posted the work above, which reads, "I have a theory that you can make any sentence seem profound by writing the name of a dead philosopher at the end of it—Plato."
The faux profound graffiti even looks like an ancient text etched in stone. According to Gothamist, however, this stencil is on a blue door somewhere in Greenpoint. Let the search begin.
This Plato piece is the newest in a line of Banksy works that will be appearing all over New York for the whole month. So far, the graffiti celebrity has spray painted a bandaged balloon heart, created a video of rebels shooting down a cartoon Dumbo, installed the "Mobile Waterfall" truck, and created three more murals—one that reads "Occupy! The Musical," one that features a silhouette of a dog peeing on a fire hydrant, and one of two boys stealing the graffiti can in a "Graffiti is a crime" sign.
Banky's New York graffiti has ignited a strong reaction from different groups on the streets and online. Fans and haters alike have posted their opinions of the work on social media. And Banky's works have been followed by an onslaught of buffing and spot jocking by other graffiti artists. We're curious to see how long this newest work stays intact. At the same time, as Banksy tweeted earlier today:
Art is never finished, only altered.— banksy (@banksyny) October 8, 2013
UPDATE OCT. 8 3:48 ET: Earlier today, the Banksy work was tagged with other graffiti. Now, an unidentified man has covered up the piece to "protect" it, as Hyperallergic reports. Check out the video of Brooklyn native Robert Dunning offering the man $1,000 and a new door for the work.
Image via eradicator_nyc on Instagram
UPDATE OCT. 8 3:56: According to Animal New York, the Banksy door has been completely removed.
Photo by Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork