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Banksy’s Early Artwork Gets Unwittingly Painted Over By New Tenants
By Mikelle Leow, 14 Sep 2018
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While an old Banksy artwork undergoes restoration, another has been painted over by accident. There’s a lesson about one window closing and another opening hidden somewhere.
A mural that was created before the elusive street artist attained worldwide popularity has been partially covered up to make way for new tenants.
Jo Xie is the new owner of the space in Bristol’s Park Row; intending to open a teashop, Xie had the area’s shutters cleared out.
The process was put to a halt when Banksy fan Simon Whiteway walked by and pointed out the painting’s significance. He added the painter “was shocked” to hear who the mural was created by.
Xie said that the removal of the graffiti had already been completed halfway when someone asked to take “one last photo” because it was from Banksy.
In a previous life, the site housed a skate store by the name of Rollermania. Whiteway explained that the owner knew Banksy and had paid the artist £20 (US$26) to £30 (US$40) to adorn the shutters back in the 90s.
Xie and her business partner are now on the lookout for ideas by local street artists on how to redecorate the painted half of the artwork.
[via BBC, images via various sources]
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