Newest Banksy Mural Guarded After Vandalism

Newest Banksy Mural in London Recently Suffered Vandalism, so Now It Has a Fortress-Like Glass Protection.

Mar 31, 2024By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
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A new London mural by Banksy. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.


Newest Banksy Mural in North London, Islington, recently suffered vandalism. Because of this unfortunate event, there is a fortress-like protection around the mural, which annoys local people. After a vandal sprayed white paint on the artwork, the property owner installed plastic sheeting and wooden planks, thereby concealing the artwork from the public’s gaze.


Protection After Vandalism

Newest Banksy Mural
Security fencing, wooden hoardings and plastic screens, surround the latest confirmed work by the street artist, on March 27, 2024 in London, England. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images.


The street artist’s splashing of green paint on the curb of an otherwise unremarkable home operates to appear like the missing leaves of a nearby cherry tree. The tree is supposedly deteriorating and has been severely clipped by the Islington council. At ground level, the street artist added a stencilled image with a spray can and hose. This image appears to be gazing up at their work.


A Green-Hued, Newest Banksy Mural
People gather to photograph the new London mural by Banksy. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu via Getty Images.


The mural debuted two weeks ago and attacked just a few days after it became known as a Banksy. Initially, Islington council erected a high metal fence surrounding the project to make it more difficult to approach by foot. It is also adding surveillance cameras to prevent future destruction.


The Home Owner Took Matters Into His Own Hands

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A Banksy mural, depicting a migrant child wearing a life-jacket holding a pink flare. Photo by Marco Sabadin / AFP.


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Apparently dissatisfied with these tactics, the building’s owner, who is now the legal owner of the artwork, took the matter into his own hands. As a first layer of security, they erected a plastic screen over the mural. They also encircled the artwork with tall wooden planks. This barrier has holes lined with transparent acrylic panels, allowing pedestrians to watch the work.


It is unsurprising that the owner wants to safeguard the work. Earlier this month, a Newcastle auction house set a high price of $890,000 for a repaired Banksy, first spray painted on an East London business block in 2006. The same house sold other Banksy unique The Merrivale Stable, in 2022. The clearly blocked wooden structure created by the building’s eager owner generated concern among locals.


Security fencing, wooden hoardings and plastic screens surround the latest confirmed work by the street artist on March 27, 2024 in London, England. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images.


A woman called Mary Dickenson told the BBC, “they blocked everything off now, so you can’t really see anything”. “What I see is a disaster”, added Güley Polat, a German tourist and Banksy superfan who travelled to see the street artist’s latest masterpiece. “It seems like we are in prison. I think Banksy doesn’t want to have his street art in a prison”. “It’s street art, it should be accessible to everybody”, another member of the public.

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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.