Banksy’s Valentine’s Day Mural Lasted A Solid Two Days Before Someone Ruined It
Banksy, one of the world's most influential artists, doesn’t seem to be a fan of the revered status his work now holds in the art world. In fact, he's really not into it. He recently shredded one of his works seconds after it was auctioned for $2 million in protest to it's crazy price tag. (Ironically, the shredded piece is now worth double what it was before – art dealers are nothing if not resourceful.)
We’re sure that even Banksy wouldn’t have been stoked, though, to hear that one of his fresh murals lasted just two days before it was defaced. (See below.)
Another genuine piece of artwork from our very own national treasure #banksy in Bristol, ruthlessly ruined by mindless idiots inside 48hrs of its reveal. The location of this latest piece has more significance than most will realise. So sad @itvwestcountry pic.twitter.com/3LnCODHDKm
— Kim Atkins (@kmatkins2) February 15, 2020
The piece of a girl catapulting exploding flowers appeared on the side of a house in Bristol, UK, on Valentine’s Day last week. Less than 48 hours later, shitty graffiti had been brandished right over it.
As we got into last week when that whole Hosier Lane vandalism thing happened – street art isn’t actually meant to last forever, that’s the nature of the artform, but street artists usually try to show respect for eachothers works by covering them completely with a new piece, rather than simply denigrating them. So, in this case, this tagging over Banksy’s Valentine’s day piece would be considered a massive snub by street artists. Essentially: it’s a dick move, whether you agree with the idea of going above and beyond to preserve Banksy’s works or not.
According to the ABC, the homeowner whose building the Banksy now lives on is pretty upset about the whole thing, and they’ve put a few things in place to protect the work, including installing cameras, covering the wall, and putting up temporary fences so people can’t access it.
"Due to the mindless vandalism to the artwork, the family have taken the very difficult decision to cover the artwork to try to protect it," Kelly Woodruff, the daughter of homeowner Edwin Simons, told the ABC. "All measures are temporary and we ask that the public are patient while we work out the best way to clean the damage, restore and protect it for the future, so everyone can enjoy Banksy's work."
As per the ABC, Edwin Simons told the Bristol Post that the vandalism was an "absolute shame". "It makes me feel sick — I have had to step back from it as it upsets me too much. I can't look at it now," he said.
"It is there for everyone to enjoy and it has now been spoilt — one individual is spoiling it for everybody."
Main Image Credit: Under licence from Getty
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