A new artwork believed to have been created by the artist Banksy has appeared on a wall in Fitzrovia, central London during Easter Monday. The work in blood red paint features the stencilled rat which has appeared in many of his creations.
The red paint which has been slapped on quickly contains runs, and drips onto the pavement near the wall and was still soft this afternoon when Fitzrovia News contributors went to examine it.
A stencilled rat appears to stand on a ledge, and has red paint on one of its paws after having just signed the work with a paw print.
A local security guard confirmed it had arrived between midnight and sometime in the early hours of Monday morning. The artwork was already getting the attention of passers by and several groups of people had already been to photograph it.
The artwork is on a wall on the corner of Clipstone Street and Cleveland Street at the end of a row of shops and next to the BT Tower.
This is the second large work by Banksy to have appeared in Fitzrovia and in the part of the neighbourhood under the authority of Westminster City Council. A previous artwork — One Nation Under CCTV — was removed at the insistence of the Council after it decided it that it shouldn’t have been created without planning permission.
Update: 26 April. Since we published this piece yesterday a number of people have suggested what Banksy’s motivation is. One of these, Capturing Banksy says:
Banksy’s latest street pieces which appeared in London over the Easter bank holiday reworks an old anarchist slogan coined by Emma Goldman “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” The piece seems to be a reference to a spate of recent arrests in LA of street artists such as Invader and Revok who are involved with the MOCA show. — New Banksy street piece in London references arrests in LA
Kcet.org reported yesterday about the arrest of one street artist:
The Museum of Contemporary Art’s ambitious Art in the Streets carries a decree declaring graffiti is a contemporary art form. While the show has been tagged as a success by critics and been enjoying solid attendance, the exhibition isn’t matching the action found on the streets. — Street Art, Graffiti, Tagging — Same or Different? MOCA Show Blurs Debate
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