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“Banksy” mural reappears in the Haight (updated)

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“His presence reminds me that the resistance is still alive, that people do care and are fighting back”

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Update: It’s a fake. Two Banksy fans recreated the original piece using a projector. While it’s nice to have the beloved rat featured once again in the Haight, the lack of originality is a touch disappointing. The art world does not live by Banksy alone. Alas.

A piece by famed muralist Banksy reappeared in the Upper Haight overnight on Wednesday. According to Hoodline, the piece, which is a duplicate of an earlier work, appeared on the side of the Red Victorian at 1665 Haight.

Instagram user theelizzrdqueen, who snapped a couple of choice shots of the mural, had this to say after seeing the mural’s reappearance:

[W]hen I woke up to discover this [Banksy] piece had appeared overnight on the building directly across from mine, I found it oddly comforting. It's technically a reappearance as this piece is located in the same spot as the previous one, which was accompanied by the text "THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE" on the adjacent building and was removed back in 2010. I'm glad #thebanksyrat is back. His presence reminds me that the resistance is still alive, that people do care and are fighting back and that a single person or a single act can make an impact that reverberates throughout the world.

Hoodline goes on to note that the original mural “was removed with a section of the building before it toured art galleries two years ago and was sold to a private owner.”

Here’s another shot of the new rodent-themed piece:

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