Banksy Valentine’s Day mural defaced after two days


February 17, 2020 11:36:55

The family that owns a house in south-west England where an artwork from Banksy appeared in time for Valentine’s Day has covered the mural to protect it after it was defaced within 48 hours.

Key points:

  • The owner of the property said he feels “sick” with the vandalism
  • Preservation of Banksy’s works has been an issue for governments worldwide
  • In 2015 a Banksy work in Melbourne was destroyed

Temporary fencing was also added to the home in Bristol and closed-circuit television was installed.

The elusive artist confirmed the mural, which shows a young girl firing red flowers from a catapult, as his creation on his official Instagram account on February 14.

It was later defaced with an expletive.

Kelly Woodruff, the daughter of Edwin Simons, who owns the rented home on which the artwork appeared, said the family felt a “strong responsibility” to ensure that the artwork could be enjoyed by the general public.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Mr Simons told the Bristol Post that it 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.”

The preservation of the mysterious artist’s public art has long been an issue.

Another Banksy artwork on a garage in the Welsh town of Port Talbot has been protected by metal fencing erected by council workers.

Plastic sheeting was later put over the work after vandals tried to chip pieces off of it.

Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford has said he had asked his Government to look into helping the owner preserve the mural.

In 2015 a Banksy work was destroyed in Melbourne when builders smashed a hole in a wall to make pipes for a new cafe.

A year later, a Banksy mural in the UK mocking British government surveillance was removed from a wall in south-west England.

Last year, a Banksy painting shred itself to pieces the moment it was sold for almost $1.9 million at auction.








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