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Art of graffiti in Park City?

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PARK CITY, Utah – Graffiti, art, or marketing hype?

As Park City prepared to host the Sundance Film Festival, The Park Record examined all three options in its story about attractive drawings found at three locations: a shed, a utility box, and the side of a building that houses a coffee shop.

One theory was that the structures had been defaced by an individual simply identified as Banksy. He is called a graffiti artist, and he has a certain amount of international celebrity – and also a film to his credit called “Exit through the Gift Shop,” to be shown at Sundance.

Banksy had reportedly pledged not to post graffiti while in Park City, but police had been warned that Banksy copycats might. As well, there was another theory – that this was part of a marketing effort.

“People promoting Sundance films or movies in other festivals running at the same time have long employed unorthodox techniques to create buzz for their films, but the amount of publicity that Banksy and his film are receiving as a result of the graffiti is unusual,” noted The Record.

Some of the work was being removed, but owners of the coffee shop were considering leaving the graffiti. It was apparently interesting enough that some passers-by were stopping to take pictures of it, sometimes posing with the graffiti.

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