How To React When You’ve Cleaned Up a Banksy


If you own an outdoor surface, particularly one in England or the Commonwealth, there’s a good chance that you’re going to end up with a work of art by famed graffiti artist Banksy on it. If you somehow accidentally destroy this very valuable thing, which happened very recently in Bristol, you should know how to respond. A variety of responses, some better than others, may be found below.



“In hindsight, we should have acted sooner to formally approve and protect all known Banksy works.”

Melbourne council chief executive, 4/10/10.



“Our graffiti removal teams are staffed by professional cleaners not professional art critics.”

Spokesman for London transport, 4/20/2007.



“I’d spoken to the town council in the past and asked them not to paint over the artwork… but on Saturday morning, I came out of my house and there was this chemical smell, and when I turned the corner Paddington was gone.”

Disputed Glastonbury wall rights owner, 4/30/2009.



“All I was concerned about was getting this great building for a good price, I’m going to turn it into luxury flats.”

Liverpool property developer, 2/19/2010.



“I didn’t know it was valuable and that’s why I painted over it. I really am sorry if people are upset.”

Building owner, Bristol, 7/14/11.



Update 7/15 Added another after reminder from editor. How To React When You’ve Cleaned Up a Banksy