Banksy in New Orleans: Then and Now

Exactly three years after Hurricane Katrina, Banksy showed up in New Orleans. He left his mark around the city, providing stenciled commentary on the post-Katrina days and our own Gray Ghost. Most of the works are gone by now, but several remain. I photographed eight of the seventeen Banksy pieces in September 2008 and again in December 2010.


The photos here don’t represent all the pieces that are left. I believe two more still exist in their entirety and a few others are only partially covered. Feel free to weigh in on which other pieces are still around.


I begin with Abe Lincoln, which unfortunately was covered just last week:

Banksy Abe 2008

Abe: September 2008

Banksy Abe 2008

Abe: September 2008

Banksy Abe 2010

Abe: Buffed December 2010




Banksy Refrigerator 2008

Refrigerator: September 2008


Banksy Refrigerator 2010

Refrigerator: December 2010




Gray Ghost 1 2008

Gray Ghost 1: September 2008 (receiving its acrylic shield)

Banksy Gray Ghost 1 2010

Gray Ghost 1: December 2010



Banksy Looters 2008

Looters: September 2008

Banksy Looters 2010

Looters: December 2010



Banksy Girl and Rat 2008

Girl & Rat: September 2008

Banksy Girl and Rat 2010

Girl & Rat: December 2010 (unprotected; still around but chipping)



Banksy Simpsons 2008

Simpsons: September 2008

Banksy Simpsons 2010

Simpsons: December 2010 (unprotected and in perfect condition)



Banksy Gray Ghost 2 2008

Gray Ghost 2: September 2008

Banksy Gray Ghost 2 2010

Gray Ghost 2: December 2010 (protected with acrylic)



Banksy Rain Girl

Rain Girl: September 2008

Banksy Rain Girl 2010

Rain Girl: December 2010 (protected with acrylic)


12 thoughts on “Banksy in New Orleans: Then and Now

  1. curious to the cross streets of these locations.
    going to be there in february and would like to see them 1st hand.

    thanks and happy holidaze.

  2. I’m visiting New Orleans this week and was hoping to get to see some Banksy in person. Could you give me the addresses of some of these? Thanks for your help.

  3. I’m a native New Orleanian…have been living away for ten years. I hear about the Banksy in New Orleans a couple of years ago, and this is my first trip back. I’m stunned by the ignorance of people in my hometown.

    Thank you for documenting these fleeting pieces. I hope to see the one or two pieces that are left this weekend.

    The map is greatly appreciated.


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