Iconic Banksy image painted over


General Culture

I don’t know whether the story of the cleaning lady removing and thus destroying a pile of fat set up by Joseph Beuys is an urban myth or not (if it is an urban myth then just like almost any other one it’s one that I just wish was true), but this definitely happened: “London transport workers have painted over an iconic mural by ‘guerrilla artist’ Banksy” (story) Notes a spokesperson of “Transport for London”: “Our graffiti removal teams are staffed by professional cleaners not professional art critics”. Which makes me think that if one was to protect Banksy’s art work, then one could hardly call him (if it’s a he) a “guerilla artist” any longer (it’s bad enough Hollywood celebrities are buying his art, and his book is on prominent display at “Urban Outfitters”). But coming back to that spokesperson, according to him (or her) “Transport for London” graffiti has to be removed because it creates “general atmosphere of neglect and social decay which in turn encourages crime. We have no intention of changing this policy as it makes the transport system safer and more pleasant for passengers.” Wow, that’s channeling the nasty spirit of quite a few unpleasant people, with Rudolph Giuliani being the least unappealing amongst those.