Long Before Banksy, Guerilla Artist John Fekner Tagged Environmental Woes

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In the 1970s, single words and short phrases began appearing on dilapidated buildings, highway overpasses, abandoned vehicles, and piles of refuse across New York City. Looking back today, the strong messages and style have a lot in common with street artist Banksy, who appeared on the scene a decade later.

The man behind the initially anonymous work was John Fekner, an artist who—for the last several decades—has blended performance and activism, painting and poetry, graffiti and advocacy.

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Image credit: John Fekner/Flickr