The continually elusive Banksy created his 14th "Better Out Than In" mural on 69th Street and 38th Avenue in Queens today. It reads "What we do in life echoes in eternity," as a man erases the piece with a sponge. It could as easily be a comment on the removal of Banksy's own pieces as it is a literal statement about temporality and time.
Queens resident Heidi Trenholm originally spotted the piece (and shared the photo below with AnimalNewYork) before Banksy posted it on Instagram; it was originally covered with a blue tarp. The image that Banksy Instagrammed only shows the word "Eternity," while the full image shared by Heidi shows the entire quote.
On his website, Banksy says, "Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from 'Gladiator') but you know what?'"I'm just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker' as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor."
Image via Heidi Trenholm
UPDATE October 15, 2013 at 9:50 A.M.: According to AnimalNewYork, the piece was already vandalized by 8:30 p.m. ET last night with the tag "Problem Child NYC" and "Banksy x Berdo." Head over to their website for photos of the damage.