Contemporary Art News
10 May 2017
Banksy Tackles Brexit In Latest Kent Mural
The surreptitious street artist Banksy has recently struck with his latest enormous mural appearing along the coast in Dover.
As the UK stands on the verge of a controversial snap general election, Banksy created the impressive political work, highlighting Britain’s imminent removal from the European Union following last year’s referendum vote.
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The painting, which is one of the artist’s most ambitious in scale, depicts a male worker in overalls at the top of a ladder, chiselling away at one of the stars that adorn the European Union flag.
According to the European Union’s website the stars of the flag “stand for the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe”.
Banksy posted the image on his official Instagram account with the simple caption ‘Dover, England’. He went on to post a rough pencil sketch of the mural.
Dover painting may not be around for long...
The Brexit mural was painted on a building near Dover’s ferry terminal. The house that became the street artist's canvas is due to be demolished to make way for new properties. The building's owners, the Godden family are reported to be looking to sell the piece, with some London galleries allegedly keen to broker a deal.
The Goddens told the BBC: "We are exploring options for the retention, removal or sale of the [Dover} piece. We will look to benefit local charities with proceeds from any sale of the piece," added the family, which has a large property portfolio and who have previously lost a court case over the ownership of another Banksy painting.
It’s not the first time Banksy has struck in Kent…
Back in 2014, the artist created another divisive mural, this time of a woman staring at an empty plinth. Vandals tagged the piece, which was painted in Folkstone, before it was removed with the intention of being sold on the art market in the US.
While on the other side of the channel in Calais, at the town's 'Jungle' refugee camp, Banksy famously painted a mural of Apple founder Steve Jobs. As well as reappropriating many of the structures from his Dismaland bemusement park into sheltered accommodation.