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Banksy Billboard Client -- FURIOUS Over Removal

2/17/2011 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The company that paid for the advertisement on a Hollywood billboard tagged by infamous graffiti artist Banksy is PISSED the ad was taken down ... TMZ has learned.

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A rep for The Light Group -- a management company based in Las Vegas -- tells us CBS' outdoor advertising department is responsible for peeling off the billboard ... and they tore it down without ever contacting Light Group management.  

The Light Group rep tells us, "We're extremely pissed ... It's our billboard that got tagged .. it's not their billboard ... CBS clearly has ZERO appreciation for art!!!"

The rep added some parting praise for the Academy Award nominated artist, "We were flattered Banksy tagged on our ad -- it was epic."

The Light Group was told it will be allowed to keep the work of art -- so far, no word on what it plans to do with it.


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16.

edmund    

like it or not, banksy is a genius. he is not a graff artist and he isn't "tagging" anything.

take a look at the images on his site, his work is about context and commentary. i think if some of you learned a bit more about his work and art in general you would be a bit less critical.

fwiw, this was a throw back piece to his earliest work. i am sure it is worth more than some of your houses. open your minds a bit and you might appreciate it.

for the hard core critics and insult throwers:
what art do you own?

1288 days ago
17.

Todd     

None they call paintbrushes getting thrown on a blank canvas abstract art, but when a real artist draws something precise and in less than two to four hours to them it is not considered art. Next people are going to say that Kim Kardashian is a great actress and singer give me a break.
I do not blame them for being upset it was not for them to make the decision, I would sue for the money I would have gotten if if was auctioned off @ Sotherby's.

1288 days ago
18.

Deviant    

Banksy is awesome!! I'm glad they complained. They probably do have it rolled up somewhere waiting to make a s*** load of money off of it tho. =D

1288 days ago
19.

haha    

Just because it possesses some artistic merit (and value..unless you use the Lindsay Lohan method of determining value), that doesn't mean it isn't vandalism. I'm sure CBS doesn't want to give the impression that it's alright to deface their billboards--as long as you're "talented."

1288 days ago
20.

supahJ    

Here's an idea Light Group: Get it back up on a billboard somewhere nearby. Do it soon while we still care!

1288 days ago
21.

smashley    

umm. it is art. not my fave of banksy's work but alas art it is. so yeah google his work and you might think twice about some of your comments. Although he there is a chance he could become a total bore after all this attention. Hope he doesn't sell out like Shepard Fairey... so sad.

1288 days ago
22.

Jake    

The light group runs some of the best Nightclubs in VEGAS including HAZE at ARIA hotel.... check out the latest pics in VEGAS for VIP entry and bottles click here: http://www.siennaentertainment.com

1288 days ago
23.

Frieda    

Umm, yeah, and watch how pissed Disney would be if you left it up. Ripping off Mickey Mouse because of some lecherous, self-important "tagger" is not okay. That was not art. Any junior high school kid could have done it.

1288 days ago
24.

hehe    

"livin the dream": the stars and representatives who try to put forth a wholesome image show that it is just an illusion; mickey is really a drunk lecher and minnie a crackhead. just like how glamorous hollywood is just an illusion. come out to hollywood and you too can be "livin the dream", just like charlie sheen and lindsay lohan

ps. in another one of bansky's works, there was a little rat with a "where's hollywood?" message. maybe that rat found its way and eventually wound up on this billboard lol

1288 days ago
25.

mamajj    

GMAFB ALREADY!!!! I am sure if that billboard was TAGGED w/gang signs or profanity Light Group wouldn't be saying a d@mn thing. And I am willing to bet some Disney lawyers threw out the words copyright & sue & that thing came down faster than Paris Hilton's panties in Vegas. Last time I checked TAGGING was a crime here in California.

1288 days ago
26.

mamajj    

GMAFB ALREADY!!!! I am sure if that billboard was TAGGED w/gang signs or profanity Light Group wouldn't be saying a d@mn thing. And I am willing to bet some Disney lawyers threw out the words copyright & sue & that thing came down faster than Paris Hilton's panties in Vegas. Last time I checked TAGGING was a crime here in California.

1288 days ago
27.

mamajj    

GMAFB ALREADY!!!! I am sure if that billboard was TAGGED w/gang signs or profanity Light Group wouldn't be saying a d@mn thing. And I am willing to bet some Disney lawyers threw out the words copyright & sue & that thing came down faster than Paris Hilton's panties in Vegas. Last time I checked TAGGING was a crime here in California.

1288 days ago
28.

Gigi    

Art? Please. Nasty crayola characters. Banksy needs to grow up and move out of his mom's basement.

1288 days ago
29.

Stella Colard    

Could they sell it? Like these folks did?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zf8X-Nzm44

1288 days ago
30.

igon417    

Be that as it may, there are still children that look up at that board. We need to be more involved with our the upbringing of our youth.

1288 days ago
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