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Banksy's "Parking" Echoes Real Life at 9th and Broadway

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 12:18PM
Banksy on Broadway Eric Richardson [Flickr]

British street artist Banksy held a west coast premiere for his film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" on Monday inside the Los Angeles Theatre, but not before leaving a few new pieces scattered across the city.

This one, located just a few blocks away at 908 S. Broadway, is oddly neighborhood-appropriate. Just a block away, a resident group is trying to find $6.6 million to convert a parking lot into a grassy park space with a small playground.

They hope to get $5 million of that through the state's Proposition 84 park grants. Over 1,000 projects statewide applied for funding from the program, which has $184 million to distribute in its first round.

Banksy's 'Parking' piece went up on Sunday night. The building houses fashion designer's Tarina Tarantino's showroom. Tarantino wrote about the piece and attending the premiere on her blog.

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