Sunday, 15 February 2009

Defacing Banksy

Banksy's spray-painted stencils may be much sought after by celebrities (Angelina Jolie reportedly spent more than £200,000 on work by him at a Los Angeles art sale) and even insured by Camden Council, anxious to protect its tourist landmarks, but many meet unfortunate ends: waterblasted away by grime busters from Hackney Council; stolen by art thieves to be sold on eBay; and defaced by vandals. Sited near the Arsenal Stadium this gallery attendant guarding an empty picture frame had survived the attentions of football fans, art thieves and taggers for a surprising number of years - until now that is. Perhaps the wall was just too big for local criminals to make off with?

Last week it looked sadly the worse for wear, as my photo reveals.

The movie shows some of Banksy's East End stencils photographed between 2005 and 2007.

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