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Guards posted to protect Banksy work in NYC

Guards posted to protect Banksy work in NYC
Graffiti by the secretive British artist Banksy, featuring a dog and a fire plug, draws attention on 24th Street, near Sixth Avenue in New York, on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Banksy graffiti is turning up on the streets of the city and all over social media. Banksy announced on his website that he is undertaking “an artists residency on the streets of New York” this month. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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NEW YORK (AP) - A Brooklyn building owner has hired security guards and installed a metal gate to protect a work by the elusive British graffiti artist Bansky.

The New York Post reports that the rolling gate went up Friday over the wall in Williamsburg where Bansky spray-painted two geishas and a bonsai tree.

Cara Tabachnick, whose family owns the building, said the goal is to preserve the artwork "so it can be viewed and enjoyed."

Banksy announced on his website that he would undertake a "residency" on the streets of New York this month.

Most of the Bansky works that have gone up have been tagged over by others, and some have been completely erased.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week that graffiti ruins property and is "a sign of decay."

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