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Banksy Shares Closer Look At His New Homeware Store Before Shutting It Down
By Thanussha Priyah, 15 Oct 2019
Image via Bruno Mameli / Shutterstock.com
When Banksy unveiled the Gross Domestic Product store at Croydon in South London, many flocked to the area to get a glimpse of the installation.
The artist revealed that the outlet was set up in wake of a legal dispute against a greetings card company that was trying to trademark the name Banksy.
The installation was on display to the public for two weeks before it was taken down on Monday. While it was advertised as a homeware shop, no one could enter the location, and onlookers could only observe it from the outside.
The elusive artist shared a video on Instagram, writing, “The shop that never opens will close this weekend.”
The clip shows the exhibit’s interior, as well as documents visitors who checked out its storefront. At one point, a man is seen pointing out that Banksy’s tiger rug could pass off as the “diabetes-ridden corpse of Tony the Tiger.”
The physical store was taken apart on Monday morning, and the items on display can now be seen on Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product website.
The artist created the site in conjunction with the opening of the physical store earlier this month. Initially, the website simply had a landing page depicting a flooded apocalyptic mall, but it now features items “stocked” at the physical location. Among them are the stab-proof Union Jack vest the artist designed for Stormzy and a purse made from a brick.
While the artist hasn’t revealed the official launch date of the online store, fans can start browsing here.
[via MyLondon, images via Bruno Mameli / Shutterstock.com]
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