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    While most know of Banksy, no one knows the exact identity of the elusive street artist, whose trademark stencilings have surfaced all across the globe—from London to Los Angeles; most with an underlying theme of challenging dominant capitalist paradigms. Because of the innate skill and cultural commentary that these pieces possess, most look to Banksy as an artist, not a vandal. 

    While graffiti is removed almost daily from the Highlands neighborhoods thanks to the Graffiti Abatement Program, there are a few key spray paintings remaining. These particular street sketches fleck Bardstown Road, which, while decidedly unlike Banksy’s work in subversive and satirical motivation, possess similar realistic and carefully sketched lines and shading.

    These pieces have been left for a reason, thus leaving Louisvillians to contemplate the difference between vandalism and art. 

    Take a look below at the Bardstown Road pieces put side to side with some of Banksy’s work:


    Heine Brothers, Longest Avenue

    Heine Brothers, Longest Avenue

    Heine Brothers, Douglas Loop

    Banksy, St. Leonards, England

    Banksy, London, England.


    B Chic Consignment and Boutique, Bardstown Road

    Banksy, Southampton, England


    Heine Brothers, Longest Avenue

    Banksy, Boston, Massachusetts 

    Let us know on the Facebook page if there are any other pieces of graffiti in Louisville that you think should be considered as art.

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    About Ashlie Danielle Stevens

    I am a freelance food, arts and culture writer. Among other publications, my work has appeared at The Atlantic’s CityLab, Eater, Slate, Salon, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and National Geographic’s food blog, The Plate.

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