Nudi-Tai…

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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.)

10 Replies to “Nudi-Tai…”

  1. Geez, it’s sure a good thing that there is nothing more important to be done in this city than fretting over a painted elephant.

    I wonder how many dogs and cats were put down over the weekend.

  2. “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.

    I admire the sentiment of protecting an animal, but I have my doubts about the veracity of this statement. Illegal? Now Boks is some kind of FDA official? The man seems prone to hyperbole.

    I wonder how many dogs and cats were put down over the weekend.

    Couldn’t agree more. Or, to reiterate Bansky’s point, how many people around the world died of starvation or from lack of clean drinking water in the last two days? Or, how many people were killed in Darfur?

  3. I did not get to see this magnicificent and/or tortured animal. All I got to see was the rug with straw all over it. And the world’s largest, boniest cluster of Urban-Outfitter-ed hipster kids.

  4. On an unrelated note, how funny was it to get your bags inspected by security at the entry of a show by such a social anarchist?

  5. Hmmm…an exhibit with painted hipsters…I know my next project. Now only if can get enough Pabst Blue Ribbon to place in the center of the room to keep them from wandering….

  6. On an unrelated note, how funny was it to get your bags inspected by security at the entry of a show by such a social anarchist?

    That’s was my gf’s comment as well. But all they were looking for was markers, probably trying to prevent tagging, and not very well. But just becuase he’s a vandal doesn’t mean he has to make it easy for you. If somebody’s not smart enough to get around that weak ass security (as Banksy regularly does), then I don’t think they deserve to tag up the show either.

    Obviously the security wasn’t that tight anyway, as Jeff Gillette demonstrated.

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