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Banksy Mild Mild West attacked (Again)

June 25, 2009

Banksy’s Mild Mild West was got at again last night 23rd June…  Looks like it was the same person(s) who did the piece down at College Green.090623banksybefrepairwordprFrom the look of it, it was done with paintbombs or from a paintball gun… 090623banksysplatwordpressIt was easier to tidy up than the last attack, mainly because there was much less of it.090623banksyrepairwordpressThe piece still looks OK from a distance, but is beginning to show the strain of repeated attacks, on closer inspection.

090623banksyconditionwordprWith every attack, the call to encase the piece in perspex becomes louder. However, we believe that we have to trust in the good will of our populace. Street art is by its nature ephemeral, and everything will eventually pass.  Bit by bit, there is a growing respect for street art in the City, and we need to make the decisions about what stays and what goes…

It seems bizarre that Banksy’s work should be attacked, at a time when his ultimate prank and political statement, the very generous City Museum Exhibition, a genuine gift to the People of Bristol, is showing. The People of Bristol are showing daily, by the huge queues that snake towards the Museum, where their allegiance lies.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2009 9:14 am

    What’s wrong with these people, maybe they should get a job…

  2. Steve permalink
    July 8, 2009 11:55 am

    I remember the first time I ever passed this piece, I laughed out loud, it summed the city of the late nineties, free-parties, Reclaim-the streets, our day-to-day relationship with our benevolent rulers.

    Yet today, Banksy has left our streets and taken his images of riot police into the City Museum, good luck to him but fuck him at the same. Let his work fade or be brushed over.

  3. Justin permalink
    October 5, 2009 10:57 am

    All this outrage at Banksy’s pieces being targeted, isn’t graffiti a transient art form anyway. Different artists have been painting over rivals’ pieces since I can remember. I think we’ve all lost sight a bit of why he started doing them in the first place. Yeah, his pieces are clever and thought provoking, but they still remain graffiti, a form of subversive art. Paint balling them is adding a comment too!

  4. johnny permalink
    April 12, 2010 5:29 pm

    Why do you think Banksy painted this?
    What does this graffiti mean?
    Im just curious what others think.

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