So that Einstein throwing dice piece on Upper Haight from a few weeks ago might not have been a Banksy after all.

29 06 2010

I remember there was some debate at the time whether or not that Einstein throwing dice stencil on Upper Haight from a few weeks ago was really done by Banksy. It was a really beautifully executed piece that seemed to jive with Banksy’s wit and it materialized during a period when the British street artist was passing through town and did several other high profile pieces in San Francisco. However, it wasn’t featured on his site, which led to some speculation that the stencil might have been done by someone else.

I’m still receiving traffic on a daily basis from search engines looking for “Banksy Einstein Haight” so I don’t know if it’s in my best interest to clarify that debate, especially since that Einstein stencil lasted less than a week before being painted over and some of Banksy’s original pieces have sold for over half a million dollars so I feel like I captured something that’s unique and priceless.

But I just discovered that there’s a new stencil at that same location.

Not Banksy Thinker on Upper Haight

Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker on his porcelain throne? That’s a great mashup of highbrow and lowbrow culture.

Does anyone know who is the artist of this piece? If so, please let me know in the comments. I love his or her style and sense of humor.

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5 responses

8 09 2010
Sophie Jane

I love this! It does look very typically Banksy, but of course there have been so many Banksy copy cats recently that it’s not easy to find out.

1 10 2010
Ashley

Blek Le Rat and Above were also in the city around this time, so could have been one of them. I was really confused because I had seen the Einstein and then when I went back, It was this piece… so I thought maybe my mind was playing tricks on me. Now I know better. 🙂

28 04 2011
Alex

This isn’t Banksy. I know the kid who did it. He was 17 and from Marin. He does a lot of stencils, but he does not try to copy banksy.

10 05 2011
Sophie

He is my brother… Im not sure if he would want me letting his name go but he is now 18 and will be attending NYU this fall. Look for his latest of Osama Bin LAden… its also on height.

10 05 2011
Michael Bolger

Thanks for the tip! If your brother gets a street name (If you’re going to fight crime on the streets you gotta have an alias) let me know and I’ll be sure to give him the proper credit.

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