Graffiti art. 40 of the 52 works by Banksy on the walls of London streets have been destroyed.
The information has been reported in the article The Story Behind Banksy released by the magazine and the website of the Smithsonian , one of the most prestigious cultural institutions of the world.
We know two of the last graffitis by Banksy thanks to his website and they criticized the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They were a missile launcher instead of a jabaline thrower and a pole vaulter jumping a fence. However, according to the author of the piece, Will Ellsworth-Jones, nobody has still located any of them.
On one hand, it’s true that the artist hung pictures of the murals on its website without giving any indication about where they are and that complicates the location.
On the other hand, some owners of the buildings or shops, where Banksy has painted, dislike his graffitis and cover them with white paint or demolish them without understanding the great value of the works.
Such is the volume of attacks that the topic has deserved a page in the Wikipedia.
The Story Behind Banksy by Will Ellsworth-Jones portraits the artist as one of the most brilliant artists of recent decades (Banksy real identity has never been proven despite rumors: maybe he was born in Bristol around 1974 and is the son of an employee of a copy shop) and recognizes his enormous influence on graffiti art all around the world.
We hope some legal measures were taken to protect the graffiti art by Banksy.
Have a nice day, Yareah magazine readers!
You can also visit Banksy website where this British street artist with an international reputation shows and explains some of his best work or Yareah article about graffiti art, its history and main artists.