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Banksy’s Popular Port Talbort Mural Stresses Out Owner, Could Be Relocated
By Izza Sofia`, 09 Jan 2019
Banksy’s artwork paintedat a garage in Port Talbot, South Wales could be relocated to a new home, according to the local council.
The mural shows a young boy playing in what seems to be snow, but is in fact ashes from a fire.
The Neath Port Talbot council has proposed supporting the costs for removing and storing the graffiti, as well as building a “like for like” replacement garage for owner Ian Lewis.
Lewis has, however, turned down the council’s invitation to discuss the matter further. The council said it is a priority to “preserve and protect” the artwork, which appeared at Lewis’s garage in December 2018 and spotlights the problem of pollution.
Leaving the artwork where it is would be impractical as it is causing traffic congestion in the area. The growing cost to protect it from vandalism could also anger local taxpayers.
Lewis admitted that he has been struggling with the attention that Banksy’s graffiti has been receiving since December. The mural has attracted about 20,000 visitors. He explained that the Assembly should take over the “arts treasure” as the popularity of the graffiti has been stressing him out.
While the council isn’t sure about the reason behind Lewis’s refusal, it recognizes that the Banksy art piece belongs to Lewis. The graffiti does not come under the council’s property. As such, it is his right to pursue other options, but the council highlighted to Lewis that its door was always open, should he change his mind.
[via Independent, opening image via Banksy]
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