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Famous Street Artist Launches Series Of Works In NYC

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A world-famous street artist makes his mark on the city, but his work is almost immediately being removed.

Banksy announced on his website that he's taking up residency in New York this month, launching a series of works called "Better Out Than In."

The first work appeared on Allen Street, near Canal Street.

It showed a child holding a can of spray paint, standing on another child's back, below a sign that reads "Graffiti Is a Crime."

Next to each work is a toll-free number you can call that will take you to an audio guide.

"You're looking at a type of picture called graffiti, from the Latin grafitto, which means graffiti, with an O," the audio guide for the picture says. "The children in this case represent youth, and the sign represents, well, signs.

As you can see in the picture at left, within hours, the work had already been painted over. It's unclear who painted over the work.

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