There’s been a new development in the case of the glorious Sydney mural showing Kanye West making out with himself, as artist Scott Marsh has responded to alleged requests to paint over the mural from West’s management with his own ultimatum.
“I’m offering an oversized print which has been painted over for $US100,000,” he told the ABC.
“It’s an open invitation to Kanye. If he buys that print then I’ll paint over the mural.”
Putting the work up for sale on online art store 1xRun, Marsh has given Yeezy just under two weeks to buy the print.
Marsh claims West’s people had originally approached him with an offer of a “pretty decent chunk of money” to paint over the mural. Responding at first with a six figure demand as well as a lifetime supply of Kanye’s signature Yeezy Boost sneakers (what a legend), Marsh, however, amended his terms on Tuesday.
The mural, which stands six meters tall in Teggs Lane in Chippendale Sydney, shows West making out with himself. A re-imagining of a popular internet meme that saw the original photo of West and his wife Kim Kardashian pashing-on, altered to replace Kim’s face with Kanye’s, the work is a comment on West’s well known love of himself.
Image Via Twitter.
Still, just because Kim was replaced in this mural doesn’t mean street artists have forgotten her, with a large mural of her in the nude also appearing in Australia.
However unlike Marsh’s mural, this one might not be around too much longer as City of Sydney Council have ordered the adjoining bar to remove the artwork after a complaint was made by a neighbour. Word is said mural was not pre-approved (or so a council spokesperson told The Guardian) which implies Marsh’s was. If this is the case whoever approved it deserves a raise.
The controversy around both mural though reflects the fine line between what some consider graffiti or vandalism and what others see as art.
“Me, personally, I love graffiti, I love it all,” Marsh said.
“The thing I like about it is that it’s unsanctioned” he continued add that “it’s probably one of the last pieces of free media and I think that’s the whole point of it.
“Whether you like it or not, it’s art. So some people like it, some people don’t. It’s all open to interpretation.”
Read Marsh’s ultimatum for yourself here below.