Graffiti artist and professional grump Banksy is really, really not a fan of One World Trade Center.
In an op-ed column he submitted to the New York Times, the Brit artist had some fightin’ words for the design of the 1,776-foot-tall tower in Lower Manhattan.
“That building is a disaster,” he writes. “Well no, disasters are interesting. One World Trade centre is a non-event. It’s vanilla. It looks like something they would build in Canada.”
In the rejected column, Banksy continues to call One World Trade Center “104 floors of compromise” that “declares the glory days of New York are gone.”
His latest piece at Noble and West streets in Greenpoint is a reference to the vetoed op-ed. It reads, “This site contains blocked messages.”
So what does the New York Times have to say?
“We couldn’t agree on either the piece or the art, so we did reject it,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the New York Post. “What he has posted on his site is not exactly the same as what he submitted.”
Below is the full acidic letter, posted on Banksy’s site.