Yesterday, January 21st marked the official (temporary) return to San Francisco of Banksy's 2010 installation now dubbed the "Haight Street Rat," also known more commonly as "the Banksy Rat."
The rat originally appeared in 2010 on the side of the Red Victorian Bed & Breakfast at 1665 Haight St., on the white wall above the roof of the corner bank building and facing east. It was accompanied on the north-facing side of the adjacent building with the text, "THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE."
(Photo via Flickr/rocor)
At the time it went up, Sunchild considered the building vandalized. The art was salvaged from the side of the building by Brian Greif and installed on a big aluminum sheet, according to the Chronicle.
According to the terms of Greif's Kickstarter campaign, which raised funds to preserve the rat, the work is not for sale. However, it has been refused entry at major museums because it lacks the artist's letter of authenticity.
The irony of the piece sitting in an art gallery is not lost to its owner or people coming to visit it, we hope, in light of the "This Will Look Nice When It's Framed" piece that was part of the same tour.
The Haight Street Rat will be on display in the window at 836 Montgomery St. from 8am-8pm through July 11th.