The Teleportation of Banksy
"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of Banksy’s imagination." - Edward Hopper 1921
Today is Halloween and Banksy will conclude his month-long artist residency in New York with an astonishing revelation. It will not only amaze his fan base, but the entire world at large.
Like all great showmen before him, Banksy will make a public announcement during the Halloween Parade in New York City. But unlike Houdini who died on Halloween, Banksy will reveal that he didn’t just ‘leave New York’ on Halloween but that he has teleported himself back in time to 1921 where he shared a pleasant evening with the painter Edward Hopper.
According to secret classified documents, the U.S. Government verified that Banksy had indeed time traveled back to 1921 New York City and he had met with Hopper. The document states that Banksy knocked on Hopper’s door and when Hopper answered, Banksy calmly stated: "Hello Edward. My name is Banksy. I am from the future. I just came from Halloween 2013." Hopper immediately fainted at the doorstep and was revived by Banksy.
The two men proceeded to enjoy a wonderful evening as Banksy told stories of the future that filled Edward Hopper with pure disbelief. As Banksy left Hopper’s studio, Hopper rushed to the window and quickly sketched a drawing of Banksy walking alone on a dark street at night outside of Hopper’s studio in lower Manhattan.
At the time of the incident, the government pressured Hopper to remove the name ‘Banksy’ from the famous quote so there would be no evidence of Banksy’s teleportation. So the quote remains as is:
“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” - Edward Hopper (minus Banksy’s name.)
All art reveals truth. The man you see walking down a dark New York City Street in 1921 is Banksy. Bringing the artist’s one-month art residency to a fantastic conclusion.
Recently uncovered information reveals that Hopper originally titled the work, The Teleportation of Banksy and the work was to be included in one of Hopper’s exhibitions. When the authorities became aware of Hopper’s intentions, they insisted that Hopper change the name, which he subsequently titled, Night Shadows, the title we know the etching by today.
Even Edward Hopper’s closest friends were skeptical about his insistence that his story about a futuristic visitor was true. In the etching, Hopper depicts what he saw and would describe in conversations with his friends: “the man walked down the street, took a few more silent steps, and then suddenly vanished in a brilliant stream of light”.
For many years after, Hopper swore that he was telling the truth. Hopper also claimed that he had physical proof of the encounter with Banksy: a metal cylinder that could spray a fine mist of paint. Hopper said that the authorities confiscated the magical can that Hopper said had some calligraphic writing scribbled on it: A single cryptic message: “5POINTZ”