Banksy created a new mural which appeared on the wall of a derelict farmhouse in the seaside town of Herne Bay, Kent, but no sooner was the artwork completed when a wrecking crew smashed the £800,000 artwork pulverising it to dust.
The mural, was created on the side of a 500 year old farmhouse. It was titled Morning is Broken and depicts a boy opening curtains fashioned from corrugated steel with a cat’s head peeking from the bottom. The elusive artist confirmed it was his piece on his Instagram account. A later post shows the piece being demolished by a digger truck. The artwork was painted on the side of a rickety white structure on Blacksole Farm and had been in disrepair for some time. Owners of the land, Kitewood, said demolition work is currently being undertaken at the site.
In February, another installation created by Banksy, called Valentine’s Day Mascara, appeared in Margate. Unfortunately, it was dismantled by the local council hours after the artist had claimed it. It was later confirmed that piece would be taken to the town’s Dreamland theme park. A final photograph on the Banksy website shows the artwork being destroyed. The site, owned by the developers Kitewood, will build dozens of new homes on the property.
Banksy is a legendary Bristol-based street artist, “political activist and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. Since the 1990s, his satirical street art and subversive epigrams have combined dark humour with graffiti in a distinctive stencilling technique. His political and social commentary works have appeared on streets, walls and bridges worldwide. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says that 3D inspired him to become a graffiti artist and founding member of the musical group Massive Attack.
Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. Banksy no longer sells photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but his public installations are regularly resold, often even by removing the wall they were painted on. Much of his work can be classified as temporary art. A few of Banksy’s works are officially non-publicly 2010. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film. In 2014 he was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.” <sold through an agency created by Banksy named Pest Control. Banksy’s documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In January 2011.
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