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Banksy Named 2014 Webby Awards Person of the Year

Banksy Named 2014 Webby Awards Person of the Year

Banksy— get your snares, glares, and Mark Wahlberg quizzical stares out of your system now— has been named the 2014 Webby Awards Person of the Year.

Banksy won for his guerrilla style residency in New York City last fall and his subsequent work. The residency al fresco, titled “Better Out Than In,” spurned a lot of hate, love, commentary, and straight up ogling. Who wasn’t trying to get a selfie or double their likes, posting the finest of the fine artist’s work to date?

The folks at The Webby Awards praised Banksy and the viral success of his “Better Than Out In” residency saying:

Though the artworks themselves were primarily painted or staged on physical objects in New York, the true showcase took place on screens across the world. The curiosity and intrigue was palpable across all forms of digital media. 350,000 people followed Banksy’s one-month, one-picture-a-day Instagram account. Particular pieces delved even deeper, leading viewers from Instagram to digital works on his (now bare) website. New Yorkers followed the roving exhibit on Foursquare and posted photos and videos to Tumblr, Vine, YouTube, and Twitter (where #banksy was used over 38,000 times during the month), and appreciating fans around the world tuned in. Not many people would make a logical connection between graffiti and the Internet, but Banksy not only showed the world what that looks like, but he made people care about it, too. For providing a glimpse into the potential future of art on the Web, Banksy truly deserves to be named Webby Person of the Year.

[h/t The Webby Awards]