Banksy has made his mark on streets across North America, with his artwork cropping up in both the USA and Canada. Banksy’s signature stenciled style underlines his political activism, satirical perspective, and his commitment to highlighting the inequality that exists in society. Here is a list of locations across the United States where you can see an original Banksy in America.
If you are looking to experience Banksy in America, look no further than Miami, Florida. The Art of Banksy has been carefully curated by Steve Lazarides and displays some of Banksy’s most famous pieces sourced from private collections around the world, including Girl with Balloon, Pulp Fiction, Laugh Now, and more. Located in the Magic Innovation District this is a can’t-miss exhibit for any true Banksy fan in the United States. Grab tickets while you can to learn more about the man behind the mask, his controversial pranks, and his influences at the best place to see Banksy in America.
San Francisco, California
In 2010, Banksy spent a 120-day period in San Francisco, unveiling his artwork across the city. There are six known Banksy art locations across the city; three in the Mission and one each in Chinatown, SoMa, and Lower Haight. However, not all of them remain. One of the most famous pieces is at Broadway and Columbus in North Beach, and features a child wearing a gas mask, next to a wall that has been daubed with the words ‘If at first, you don’t succeed, call an airstrike.’
Park City, Utah
After the Sundance Film Festival premiere of his film ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ in 2010, Banksy pieces appeared throughout Park City in Utah. Some have since been protected with glass and even bulletproof screens, yet others have been vandalized or removed. One of Park City’s most famous Banksy pieces, Cameraman and Flower, is painted on the side of a coffee shop on Main Street and highlights Banksy’s derision of the so-called objectivity that appears in film and journalism.
At the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit, a young boy holding a paintbrush stares out next to the words ‘I remember when all this was trees.’ Situated amongst a wealth of street art painted on abandoned factories and warehouses, the Banksy piece is a direct comment on the dilapidated urban jungle in which it is located. Michigan also had another fan favorite, the Tightrope Rat, which featured a rat wearing sunglasses and walking a tightrope. The rat is frequently used in Banksy’s work, with Banksy noting that this is because ‘they exist without permission,’ with ‘no respect for the hierarchy of society.’
New Orleans, Louisiana
Banksy arrived in New Orleans after Hurricane Gustav in 2008, and a subsequent 14 paintings were found scattered across the city. Most have since been removed or vandalized. One of Banksy’s more popular pieces, Umbrella Girl, is tucked away on the corner of Kerlerec Street and St Claude Avenue. The image relates to the floods that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina and highlights that some things that are meant to protect us can instead be harmful.
New York City, New York
New York City has long been a favorite destination among Banksy fans. There are various Banksy works scattered across the city including New York Accent on 25th Street, Red Balloon in Brooklyn, and Peeing Dog in Manhattan. More recently, new pieces have sprung up in the city, including a 70 ft mural at the intersection between Houston Street and the Bowery which was painted in protest of Kurdish artist Zehra Doğan’s continued imprisonment in Turkey for her painting of the destruction of the city of Nusaybin in 2017.