The anonymous "road artist" has been drawing penises around potholes in Greater Manchester, UK, as a way of calling attention to them.
Banksy can keep his fancy stencils, his worldwide fame, and his high-minded causes – it's Wanksy who's captured out hearts. The anonymous artist, based in the Greater Manchester area of northern England, has become known for the large penises he draws on public roadways. But he's not doing it for the reason you expect (the road got drunk and passed out) – he's on a mission. He told the Manchester Evening News:
“The roads of Manchester are in an appalling state, especially around Bury. I have cyclist friends who have been hospitalised. They damage vehicles. Sometimes it's hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many. When I've finished in Ramsbottom, I'll move on to the rest of Manchester."
Haha, "Ramsbottom." The artist actually found that potholes get filled in faster after he dickifies them. I guess officials in Manchester consider public penises a more serious problem than dangerously degraded roadways. They don't want kids to have their minds sullied by cartoon dongs while they're flying off their bikes and into traffic. Spurred on by his early success, Wanksy has been on a whirlwind tour of Greater Manchester's worst potholes. What's more, he photographs them all for his Facebook page.
Wanksy makes a point of using washable spray paint that will disappear on its own within a week or two. Still, local officials are none too pleased. A Bury council spokesman told the Evening News:
“The actions of this individual are not only stupid but incredibly insulting to local residents. Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school? Not only is this vandalism, but it's also counter-productive. Every penny that we have to spend cleaning off this graffiti is a penny less that we have to spend on actually repairing the potholes!"
I don't know how concerned Wanksy is with the money they spend on cleaning his temporary artwork, considering that his method gets results. Years-old potholes have been fixed within 48 hours of him tagging them. He likes to document these successes too:
It looks like Wanksy's work is yielding results. The road ahead may be long and hard, but as long as he keeps thrusting ahead, he'll get the satisfaction his city needs. And when he sees the hot liquid asphalt spurting all over the street, he knows it's worth it.