Oops: Some Cleaners Accidentally Painted Over Banksy’s New Art On The London Tube
Banksy had filmed a video of himself creating new piece ‘If you don’t mask - you don’t get.’, but soon after, the artwork was removed by Transport for London (TfL) cleaning crews. A source told the publication: “It was treated like any other graffiti on the network. The job of the cleaners is to make sure the network is clean, especially given the current climate."
Coincidentally, in the clip Banksy uploaded, he's disguised as a COVID-safe London Tube cleaner. The video shows him walking into a carriage where he sprays a series of black rats and splattering green germs. The message is (was?) clear: wear a mask.
It’s far from the first time a Banksy has been destroyed, despite his work being a huge deal in the art world. In 2016, three of his stencils in a Melbourne city lane were painted over to make way for a new door. At the time, Melbourne Walks wrote on Facebook that “the rubble was mindlessly loaded into a skip.” Nice.
In October 2019, one of Banksy's pieces fetched a cool $18 million AUD at auction in October 2019. At the time, Banksy tweeted about the sale, saying it was a “shame” he didn't still own it.
Whether or not Banksy buys into the hype around his work (all signs suggest he really doesn't), the immediate destruction of a new Banksy piece feels like a pretty senseless loss for Londoners right now. It's one of those fuck ups that we doubt the TfL guys will live down anytime soon.
Main Image Credit: @banksy, Instagram
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