In a time where the whole city is being cleaned up and pressure washed down it seems only right and predictable that Banksy should decide that now, with the Olympics due, it’s time to make some more work on the walls of London. No one’s going to wash that shit off. Or are they?
New works by Banksy have sprung up that include a javelin thrower, and a high jumper on the walls of buildings in London although we are not too sure where they actually are which is probably wise given the amount of graffiti that is being removed.
You may remember, if you follow our Facebook the Mau Mau piece of work we put up recently, Ronald Mcdonald carrying the Olympic Torch. This piece lasted only 6 days before it was painted over even though it was on the side of a privately-owned warehouse that the artist had permission to paint in Ealing, west London.
Thing like this has sparked huge debate over wether the street art cleaner-uppers will stick to their guns and remove the Banksy graffiti just as they have been doing or leave it to incite further criticism for on the one hand operating a zero tolerance up to the games and on the other leaving Banksy out of it. He’s still spraying walls just like everyone else.
No one can ever end the debate on street art Vs vandalism. We think it should boil down to wether the creator meant to incite harm by their actions or meant simply to share something they had created with the masses.
The wonderful thing about street art is that it has brought the galleries out in the open and made art accessible to everyone not only to viewers but to the creators of the work also.
Whatever happens to this new Olympic themed Banksy the clean up will die down after the games have finished and artists will continue to daub the walls of our city with art.
Images : Banksy