Yes, That's a Banker Hanging From a Phone Line Along I-95

Categories: Occupy Miami
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But no, it is not real.

For the past week, graffiti artist Above has been working on a giant, attention-grabbing mural in Wynwood next to the I-95 northbound lanes as part of Primary Flight. It reads in block letters: "Give a Wall Street banker enough rope and he will hang himself."

Today the artist added the cherry on top: a mannequin, dressed as a banker with a sack over his head, swinging from a noose.

We asked Above to send us a photo as soon as the suicidal fat cat was hung. We're guessing there'll be some 911 calls from the highway and some municipal employee will be climbing a ladder with scissors sometime this afternoon.

Above, a San Francisco artist who plans on decorating our fair city in the months leading up to Art Basel, says he got the prop and costume from local thrift shops. "He looks real," he told us last week. "As I was putting him together, he started to freak me out."

Below, a couple of photos of the mural in process, and one of the images Above just sent us of the swinging banker. (The first is from My Little Photo Album's Flickr.)

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Update: Primary Flight sent us a few more images of the installation.

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Phil_Aterly
Phil_Aterly

The joo bankers controle the "bread" supply and the unchosen in Hollywood dictate the circuses. 

OMGOMG!!!!!!!111
OMGOMG!!!!!!!111

i hope the banker who hung himself was taken down and taken to the hospital! ihope his wife and dog forgive him!!

Mvangool
Mvangool

Unbelievable. Is there anyone in the US that can actually write a comment without spelling mistakes? It's almost impossible for me to read.Can I just say that i think it is a great peace of art and Grafitti is a form of art. You can decide you don't like it, that is part of something being art. Furthermore i don't see why there are so many different isseus involved in this discusion. Weather someone is black, jewish, black and jewish, black, jewish and gay or even just plain and white is not at al what this peace is about, so maybe we can actually leave it out? Oh, and by the way, if you're mentioning artists by name, spell it correctly: van Gogh and Rembrandt.Good luck with being American, i'm just happy i'm not.

Eat Me
Eat Me

Hang an OWS or OM protestor from a rope and watch the outcry.  Just because a banker went to graduate school and you didn't, is no reason for this form of promoting hate.

LC
LC

It's not really "the Jews."  The Bible says it's "those who claim to be Jews but are really of the synagogue of Satan."  Banksters come in all colors, shapes, & sizes.  Their only allegiance is to themselves & their profits.

NoMiBlazer
NoMiBlazer

I feel his statement, but did he really have to paint over all the other raw shit on that wall

LibsJihadisGaysRtheDemTrifecta
LibsJihadisGaysRtheDemTrifecta

Would that be representing the Bankers that overwhelmingly donated to Obama's 2008 campaign, and before that donated to Dodd and Frank and Rahm Emanuel who were using TAX PAPER MONEY to guarantee the BANKERS mortgages to people who who couldn't pay them back?

THOSE BANKERS?

Mistrwrong
Mistrwrong

This is why I love Miami.  If they did something like this in DC the artist would have been arrested on 23 counts of treason, attempted murder and trafficking anthrax and shipped to Guantanamo, any spectators would have been gassed beaten and then arrested; Gus Garcia-Roberts would have been investigated for writing about it and the Miami New Times Website would have gone down for the day and then their advertisers would all mysteriously started cancelling.  Then some government worker crew of 5 guys and 3 bulldozers would take 18 months to paint over the 100 yard long fence at a cost of $1.8 million to the taxpayer ,

Chris
Chris

F*ck America--- no sir F*ck you - as for the Jews most Jews are good people who want to be left alone the same as everyone else. But  a small portion of the Jews want to bring about the apocalypse so as to hurry the arrival of the Messiah. This of course is fantasy and foolish and all religions and sects and so on have fringe groups who are just plain stupid and ignored by most. I give credit to the group of jews who are fringe for being more successful than most but in reality it all boils down to money and power no different than in the distant past. Those who become ultra powerful and rich always bring about there own demise by putting under there thumb a large portion of the population who after some time will rise up together and end the "problem". as for the religions Jews, Christians, Muslims...ect calling them out is just a way for people who know little to be hateful and pretend the know a lot. So what if people want to believe in great omnipresent beings who watch and control everything.  My problem is when they take that belief and us it to screw over everyone else in the "hopes and Dream" that the book they read are right and that they will be "saved" or "given to the holy land" or whatever else is said. Technically wouldn't the earth be considered the "Holy Land" Also I am not interested in a Being who chooses one people over the other, therefor I see no reason to practice or follow these "religions"

Bovine46
Bovine46

Great message for the Rothschilds & the Rockfellers & the Bushes & the Clintons & the Obamas & need I go on...

Claudius Stahlkopf
Claudius Stahlkopf

I hope sincerely then the next one will not be a dummy but the real thing, Towsend to go that way

syzygy556
syzygy556

if it was illegal they should go to jail..It was the politicians that voted for the bailouts Obama included it is the politicians that voted for the federal reserve act in 1913 that allows these kind of shenanigans..These bankers are just operating within the system..Stuff like this is just playing into the people with real powers hands..You think the people at the top of the pyramid care if there underlings are swept up by angry stupid mobs..The march should be on washington because they voted for this stuff..This whole 99 percent bs is just us against them mentality that will never solve anything..To change the system you need to understand it and unfortunalty 99 percent of the 99 percent do not..Thats why every have not revolutions eventually come back to the same starting point.The have nots need to understand how the game is played and once that is done the system crumbles..But the have nots are stupid thats why they are the have nots.

B
B

how much you wanna bet he will be arrested for terrorism, and threatening the peace and the banksters that stole the largest amount ever in the history of the world sit back and laugh at us from their private islands.florida is one terrifying police state. i am not sure which state is the worst, tenneseee with their roving TSA goons stopping cars and random searches, oh man, the list of states committing crimes against the people is too long to list. R.I.P. constitutional America.

Uncle_Meat
Uncle_Meat

I hope this is a case of art imitating life. There has been more than one suicide already since 2008.

Lyndle
Lyndle

Put a six-pointed star of David on to make it truly realistic. Goldman-Sachs are not Irish, any more than the rest of the money-changer banksters.

Whttop01
Whttop01

You want to see some real social justice and government/financial reform happen immediately ... drag these unprosecuted criminal bankers and politicians into the streets and subject them to absolutely gruesome hideous medieval executions ... things will get right at light speed in this country!

Rabbit Grey
Rabbit Grey

Excellent warm up...now for the real thing.

Damon
Damon

 I am a young and beautiful woman from US. i just think here is a good place to meet friends. i just wonder if i can meet a rich daddy here, because i am at the beginning of my career and i need someone's support..i uploaded my hot photos on ----[Sugarmingle.C óM-]----under the name babylove , maybe you want to check out my photos firstly!

Blah
Blah

FUCKJEWS 2 days ago So f*cking dope. F*ck America------------I might be wrong, and you probably don't care about my opinion (you can critisise my use of spelling if you want, or the fact that I use too many commas in what I write and you can call me a "dumbass" because of all these things if it makes you feel better - because only intelligent people use flawless vocabularary and punctuation, and anyone who doesn't might as well sow up their mouths and should legally not be allowed to express any opinion - or something).DISCLAIMER: If you think you may be offended in any way by reading the rest of this post, then please, stop reading now! I hate offending people (I've probably already somehow offended someone at least 30 times already by just arranging these pixels on their screen like this...)I felt like having a rant and so I thought I'd pick on your comment (nothing personal) as it interested me why people think like that.I am not Jewish. I am not American. I am not sure if I am a "dope" or not (I have been known to smoke it now and then). I am not sure what actually "dope" means in that context... (I also tend to use "..." quite a lot, not sure why - if it offends, then PLEASE STOP READING NOW!)Basically, please stop reading now if you are prone to getting angry by an arrangement of letters in front of you...I am not a lawyer. I am not a member of the "banking cartel".I am just a human being with a laptop.YOU CAN STOP READING WHENEVER YOU WANT! YOU MIGHT BE REALLY MAD BY NOW - I can almost hear the mental juices flowing - "How can I get one up on this 'person' who dares to question my deeply insightful and meaningful internet post". You might even go as far as to reply "**** you shill" (that would do the trick!)I'm not sure what a "shill" is - still getting used to this 21st century newspeak. I think it might mean either:a) Evil government/corporate/fascist operative who's sole purpose is to go on Internet blogs and "usurp" people's opinions in order to further the quest for world domination and total enslavement of the massesb) Someone who disagrees with the general consensus of the blog so farI am neither of these things (I think).(Sorry to keep going on about this, but if you are angry about these words moreso than last time I mentioned it, please just chill out, put the computer away and go and enjoy life somehow - maybe a nice walk or listen to your favourite music or something - no need to have to spend money or anything, why not just put away the computer and do something like that? You'll be surprised how much happier you could be!)Anyway, I am probably now totally diverging from the point I actually wanted to make so much that it is probably annoying even the most placid reader. When is this going to end? Does it just go on and on and on! Jeez! (CHRISTIAN READERS: "Jeez" is no reference to Jeses, I am not using The Lords name in vain, "Jeez" is a noise people make when the situation they are commenting on nearly makes them use the Lords name in vain, but then they realise that they probably shouldn't in case they offends any Christians so they say "Jee--" then "z")I am not a Christain either (the concept of a soul though does appeal... I can now almost hear all of the "scientist" readers screaming "flat earther!" - "evolution denier!" etc).

Believe it or not, I've got a 1st class science degreeAnyway, back to the point...What I Am========I've gone on alot about what I am not, so this section of the post is dedicated to the opposite.By now, you might be thinking "Well, what actually are you?". Some readers may already have formed an opinion. For example, "He's just some ****wit". I advocate freedom of thought so I'd be rather pleased if someone was bored enough to keep reading this up until the point they formed that opinion. I like being free to think whatever I like, so I must allow other people to do it too (thinking never harmed anyone - then again, maybe actions that were the result of thought did, for instance "let's build a nuclear bomb" is probably not the best idea in the world people have had - still, the thought itself was harmless).Others might have read the above words "Evil government/corporate/fascist operative" and thought "Tin foil hat wielding lunatic!! Dismiss everything this loser has to say without question!!" and wouldn't have even bothered reading this far (God knows why you are...)Some might even go as far as to say "This bloke really IS an evil government/corporate operative and I must dedicate my life to exposing him" - SHILL!! SHILL! etc etcIt is a nuts world.So anyway, I'll go on about some of the things I believe to be what I am.I am a human being who was born to a human mother and I had a human father.I happened to be born in the area of the world designated "ENGLAND" by INTERNATIONALLY AGREED TREATIES.I had no say in the aforementioned INTERNATIONALLY AGREED TREATIES. For some reason, my parents/ancestors decided that this was the best thing to do and agreed to all of this.My mother gave berth to me and then my BIRTH was REGISTERED with the GENERAL RECORDS OFFICE and a PERSON was created (called "MR X SMITH" or whatever)This was (apparently) set up for my own protection and when I act as that PERSON I must explicity agree to more rules than you could ever read and comprehend in an entire lifetime. You must abide by all of them otherwise you might have to go to prison.For example, smoking cannabis (as we all know) is REALLY bad. Even if you do not cause any harm or loss to absolutley anyone or anything while "high" on "pot", we all know that this is really bad and that you should go to prison for it. You NEED a government to enforce that.I recommend we should put Sir Paul McCartney in prison first - these druggies have taken over everything - what a bad image to show to our children.These evil poisons are the work of Satan.If you smoke a joint, you are directly responsible for 9/11 (or 11/9 in British date format - makes more sense I think - not as good as 20010911 though - that is a much more sensible format - easier to use in computations for example) - I AM NOT JOKING ABOUT 11/9 - IT WAS TOTALLY TRAGIC! The point I am trying to make is that such evil plants somehow fund terrorism according to the GOVERNMENT (that can only ever do good for all of use because it was put there to protect us all) and you would have to be a tin foil hat wearing lunatic to dispute that - even if you grow it yourself and have never had anything to do with terrorism ever in your entire life.THIS PLANT IS PURE EVIL. IT MUST BE BANNED.Now I have totally diverged to replying to your post!I'll stop ranting and get back to the point...GETTING BACK TO THE WHOLE POINT I WAS TRYING TO MAKE IN THE FIRST PLACE==================================================================Your post, "FUCKJEWS" basically said to me:1) All JEWISH people are evil2) All people who happened to be born in the area of the world designated "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" are evilNow you must be REALLY angry with all Jewish and American people right? Gold help you if you are an American Jew... (If you are, this bloke who calls himself "FUCKJEWS" and posts insightful and healing words of inspiration on the internet wants to kill you - either that or you'd better be wearing "No Entry" sign boxer shorts if you ever met this guy [I assume "FUCKJEWS" is male right?] - if you are American, Jewish, male AND gay then you might enjoy the experience)Why all the hate? Aren't you just playing in to the hate game? Is that what we really need more of?Is it not about time we all rise above this sort of thing?  

Duane Savage
Duane Savage

Give a Wall Street bankers enough rope and Occupy Wall Street will be protesting that Wall Street Bankers have all the rope.

Bruno Ernst
Bruno Ernst

Hang some banksters and the witch-hunt comes to an end. First and second, hang the trophies back to the men with the sword. 

Sam
Sam

Hang em ALL

thisoldspouse
thisoldspouse

Wow, this new era of "civility," spawned by the Democraps' accusations of the TEA Party "violence" is really catching on.

J.R.
J.R.

I am surprised that the ACLU and NAACP and SPLC have not protested the racist overtone of a public lynching symbol.  On the other hand, every creature in our jails should be hanging from a phone line tomorrow. We would end crime in this county.

Claudius Stahlkopf
Claudius Stahlkopf

You need psychiatric help , i hope it will be OK but  , you sems to be on advanced stage of delirium tremens

Claudius Stahlkopf
Claudius Stahlkopf

Please if you first , the place of execution call me right away  ilike to see pigs barbecue and hear the music of their appreciation for the talent of the executor By the way pigs are kill in this manner in slauterhouse hang by the feet and their throt is slit 

Claudius Stahlkopf
Claudius Stahlkopf

Now i reconize the well know world wide quality's of an American woman ,  they make great wife if you keep  a gun on their head 24 hours

Stripey_Magee
Stripey_Magee

Maybe yo should check out the other spammer who says his friend's mom is making $6000 a month working online...........

Martin Huffman
Martin Huffman

Hey Damon, do us all a favor and stop using forums to free post your stupid ads. There is a special place where you can put them............where the sun doesn't shine.

Kailiea
Kailiea

I want to have your love babies....

Tara Shepherd- Harris
Tara Shepherd- Harris

this is a revolution--tea baggers are just a bunch of old tired racist who are to fat and sickly to occupy anything but some greasy food and extra large toilet seat.

Ken Kirk (DocReefer)
Ken Kirk (DocReefer)

I didn't think of lynching a banker in any racist context 'till you mentioned it. Must be because they are mainly white. But then again my vision of history is a tad bit broader than the American experience. 

Me
Me

I honestly wasnt aware that bankers were a race? ...

Divadad
Divadad

Better clear the jails of the victims of the bogus war on drugs, and the other poor saps who sit in cells for doing things which should not be crimes.

Tara Shepherd- Harris
Tara Shepherd- Harris

The criminals are on wall st--you want to round them up.  Oh yes and hang the poor guy who couldn't pay some traffic ticket and had to do 48 hrs in jail.  Hope that happens to someone you love-you jerk.

syzygy556
syzygy556

Saying some one needs help is not an argument. That is a tactic like calling someone a racist, or hippi,or rich person..But yes being normal in this society would mean you would have to accept such ludicrous values that I am proud to be as you calssify not normal..

J.R.
J.R.

The banker is not relevant to the symbolism. The lynching is, well, the lynch-pin to the connection to racism earlier in the widely-known American history.

J.R.
J.R.

They are not. Lynching is a symbol of the racism earlier in American history.

J.R.
J.R.

Until being a drug user is legal, it is ILlegal. Live within the law. Be good. Behave yourselves.

Claudius Stahlkopf
Claudius Stahlkopf

The bigest criminals are involve , or  are part of the establishment time for the pitch to get out of the closet nationwide folks

J.R.
J.R.

OOOOh!! OOOh! OOh! You is be wunna dem hyphenated nigras! YOu is trying to go all hi-class, yo! And your father (if known) should not have been speeding and he would not have earned a ticket. Live within the law and heave yourself. Be good!

ObambiVotersRDumb
ObambiVotersRDumb

Uh huh.... cause so many suicides would first rent a cherry picker to get themselves 20' up.

Obama: “You ’re firing me because I'm black!” America “No, we HIRED you because you were black; we’re firing you because you’re incompetent!"

ShaneJohns
ShaneJohns

It is both a suicide and a lynching at the same moment.  It's conceivable that it is intended to function as both, as well.

Ron
Ron

Yes, clearly he committed suicide, I saw the whole thing.

J.R.
J.R.

Ok, hanging from an elevated position by the action of a noose.

PaulyG
PaulyG

No, obeying the law makes you a normal human being.

Oh really? And what are these "laws that are passed against them?" And who are they, exactly?

Aaron Aarons
Aaron Aarons

Obeying the law because it is the law may not make you a Nazi, but it does make you the kind of person who says "I was only following orders."

People should obey laws against rape, reckless driving, and other anti-social acts because those acts are anti-social, not because some politicians -- who got into office through the campaign contributions of capitalist criminals and the support of Murdoch and other capitalist scum who control the media -- passed laws against them.

PaulyG
PaulyG

So obeying the law means you're a Nazi? That makes perfect sense. What a worthless asshole.

J.R.
J.R.

Gosh, really? How so?

Beowulf
Beowulf

you would make a Nazi proud.  Glad your life is so black and white.

J.R.
J.R.

How about no?

FuckYou
FuckYou

Fuck off, you racist piece of shit.

J.R.
J.R.

So the laws against rape, drugs, murder, and incest should continue to be ignored by blacks?

Claudius Stahlkopf
Claudius Stahlkopf

The Law AhAh  ,  MADE BY WHOM  ?   by  the corrupt politiciens stupid as much as  greedy , hang  those bastards

Aaron Aarons
Aaron Aarons

Obama was hired by Wall Street because they knew that a Black person with fake leftist credentials could get away with imposing draconian capitalist austerity and militarism better than another openly right-wing white man could. In particular, they figured out that such a figurehead for their rule would generate right-wing, rather than left-wing, opposition to their policies and would thus be no threat to them.

It worked for over two years.

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