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‘How Does It Stand Without a Spine?’: NY Times and Banksy’s WTC Op-Ed

Enigmatic British conceptual artist Banksy took to his website on Monday to criticize the New York Times after the Gray Lady refused to print his editorial calling out One World Trade Center’s nerveless aesthetic.

Under a photo of wall in Greenpoint graffitied with “This Site Contains Blocked Messages,” Banksy wrote, “Today’s piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times. But they declined to publish what I supplied.”

The would-be op-ed blasted the tepid design of the new skyscraper, which he denounced as “104 floors of compromise” that “looked like something they would build in Canada”:

“Remarkably for such a tall structure, One World Trade lacks any self-confidence,” Banksy wrote. “How does it stand up without a spine? It looks like it never wanted to be built in the first place.”

“We couldn’t agree on either the piece or the art, so we did reject it,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the New York Post. “What he has posted on his site is not exactly the same as what he submitted.”

[h/t TPM]

[Image via Banksy]

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