WHOOPS! Local Council Destroys New Banksy

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Local elections can cause emotions to run high in even the most level headed populace, with unpredictable outcomes. An otherwise unnoticed council by-election in the small coastal town of Clacton-on-Sea has suddenly gained unwelcome attention with the news that the newest work by Banksy, a mural showing a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners, has been destroyed following a complaint the work was “racist”.

The BBC reports that the mural in Clacton-on-Sea – where a by-election is due to take place following the local MP’s defection to rightwing party UKIP appeared this week. It showed four pigeons holding signs including “Go Back to Africa”, while a more exotic-looking bird looked on.

The local council, which removed it, said it did not know it was by Banksy, and that it had received a complaint that the mural was “offensive” and “racist”.

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The council had removed the work before the artist, who chooses to remain anonymous, posted an image of it on his website.

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(this man is not Banksy)

 

About Hannah Hayes-Westall

Hannah Hayes Westall is a writer and thinker who divides her time between the art world and working with businesses on strategic growth. She is co-publisher of Art of Conversation.

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