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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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46.

kr    

How is defacing other people's property with making lude cartoons from a toddler's show art?!!? Whoever this loser Banksy is needs his head removed from his anal cavity.

1258 days ago
47.

sez    

maybe some of you need to find out who Banksy is & what his art is about. a simalar thing recently happen in Australia, that piece of art was priceless.

1258 days ago
48.

Ricahrd    

ok... first, it is art in its own form. for the person that said "why dont they just arrest him?" its cause hes a goast and no one has ever caught him... he is not doing it for attention or everyone would know his true name. Graffiti is an art if you do it, i dont like the gangster stuff and the swastikas but the true art like almost all of banksy's stuff is amazing... watch this movie called "exit through the gift shop" its great for haters that dont know shiz

1129 days ago
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