Banksy Locations – UK
Banksy art is a melange graffiti, stencil drawings, sketches and biting commentary. Much of it can be found on walls around Great Britain or other cities around the world. Some of it is preserved in notebooks. Some, like the mural of a naked man hanging out of a bedroom window on Park Street in Bristol does not exist any longer.
The naked man mural was painted over by fellow graffiti artists even after the Bristol City Council decided to let it stay.
Another Banksy work, a sculpture of a red phone box, crumbled and bearing a bleeding pickaxe, was removed from Soho, London by Westminster Council.
Banksy enthusiasts are not to worry, though. Plenty of Banksy prints abound, and there are plenty of other places to catch his act.
--One of Banksy's recent pieces, a replica of an 18th century sculpture in Liverpool, takes the liberty of sawing off the face of a bust and replacing it with muti-colored pastel ceramic tiles.
The tiles give an effect of digital blurring just like enlarged pixels on a computer image. The piece is titled, "Cardinal Sin," and some Banksy followers believe it is a statement about the Catholic Church and its alleged cover-ups of in-house scandals. In a statement released by the artist, he emphasized that the statue is not any statement against visual art masters showcased at the gallery.
Unveiled during the Christmas season of 2011, the piece was motivated by a need to nudge people to remember the meaning of faith and religion. According the to statement, Banksy believes it is easy to overlook the corruption, abuse and falsehoods that are found in Christianity, especially at Christmas. Banksy has loaned the bust indefinitely to the Walker Art Gallery. The gallery has placed it in the 17th century gallery where there are many Old Masters and many religious works.
--The Banksy Goldfish Room in Camden is a chalk drawing of a very comfortable living room scene. There is a side chair, side table complete with a small fish bowl, a tall vase with flowers, a pail and shovel, two crisscrossed fire logs and fire in a fireplace, a tall frilly lamp and a painting above the fireplace. The element that is not in chalk is the fish. One of the two goldfish in the small fish bowl is leaping out of the drab chalky aquarium up to the beautiful scene depicted in the painting above the fireplace. The painting features a bright green palm tree and bright blue water. This piece is done on one of the walls along the canal in Camden and was the site of the longer running feud with Robbo.
--Banksy's "Boxhead" piece is on the side of the Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay. The piece is on a white background and features a stencil of a young boy on his knees with a drawing marker in his hands. The boy has a cardboard box with two eyeholes and computer-like antenna and mouth. The boy is creating a simple black-line drawing of a very simple robot with a box head and bendable limbs. The center of the robot's face is an air conditioner on the side of the hotel. Once the hotel realized it was Banksy art after it appeared on his website, they placed perspex over the piece. Unfortunately, it happened after the kneeling little boy who is depicted had already been removed with paintstripper.
--Primitive Caveman Painting. In 2005, Banksy art expanded from the streets to a proper museum. He painted a rock of a human stick figure pushing a shopping cart while hunting a pig with a spear and hung it in Gallery 49 of The British Museum. He apparently had a habit of sneaking in fake pieces into collections and waiting to see how long it would take to be noticed.
He was noted for placing a 3.5-tonne bronze spoof of the Old Bailey Criminal Court Building's statue of Lady Justice wearing a suspender belt and thigh-high boots. He has also slipped a can of Tesco tomato soup into New York galleries. In the case of the caveman rock painting, he stuck the rock to a wall with double-sided tape beneath a limestone statue of a First Century tombstone. Because he included explanatory text for his "installation," the British Museum added the piece to its permanent collection.
--In a 2006 installation, Banksy hijacked about 500 copies of celebrity heiress Paris Hilton's debut CD, titled "Paris." He hit 48 different UK stores to replace Hilton's work with his own work titled "Remixes by Danger Mouse." On his tracks, there were songs with titles like, "Why Am I Famous?" and "What Have I Done?" The pictures of Hilton on the CDs made her appear topless or with a dog's head substituted for her own. Fans who were able to grab the CDs before the stores replaced them sold them on eBay for a lot more than they paid for them.
--A street version of Banksy's "No Ball Games" print is located at Tottenham Green Road, North London. The piece features a young boy and a girl facing one another reaching upward toward a bright red square of paper that contains the words "No Ball Games." The young boy in this piece has an almost defiant glow. Some Banksy followers have speculated that this pieces speaks about the ability of children to find a way to solve the problem of having fun, no matter what rules the adults in charge set for them. A canvas version of this Banksy art appeared at the Bristol Museum versus Banksy show before it appeared at Tottenham Green Road.
Just in case any of Banksy art has been painted over or removed and Banksy enthusiasts are afraid they have missed out on an important installation, there is a record of the anonymous one's journey of graffiti art and stenciling in the book, "Wall and Piece" (Random House UK, April 1, 2007).
The book gives a colorful glimpse into the artist's motivation behind some of his pieces and his process for doing his work in public places. He talks about his use of painting, sketching, stenciling, screenprinting and sculpting. The book has Banksy's sharp wit throughout and is a fitting commentary on the ways in which art will continue to meet politics.