This will probably not be the last post about Banksy‘s much-hyped “Barely Legal” installation this past weekend near Downtown L.A., but Tai, the controversial centerpiece, appeared sans paint on Sunday:
On Sunday morning, [Animal Services General Manager Ed] Boks ordered that “the elephant be completely scrubbed down to bare skin and that a child-safe face paint be used.” “The paint they had been using, although nontoxic, according to government regulations was unsafe and even illegal to use the way they had been using it,” he said.
Boks said he issued written orders about the paint after consulting animal rights activist Les Schobert and elephant sanctuary founder Pat Derby, and conferring with the city attorney’s office. He then told the owners of Have Trunk Will Travel, the Perris-based company that provided the elephant, that the paint would have to be removed.
It was left up to the artist, who maintains an air of mystery by never appearing at his exhibits and rarely granting face-to-face interviews, to find the correct children’s face paint for the animal. As of early Sunday afternoon, the elephant was simply placed unpainted in the living room exhibit.
(Photo courtesy of Charmenders.)