Walked past the brand new Wagamama by Clink Street / Vinopolis this evening and was utterly distraught to see that they (or someone at least - maybe Southwark Council ?) have recently painted over the two Banksy pieces on the wall next to the new restaurant.
There were "Wet Paint" signs up on the wall, but it's not a question of them having repainted the wall totally, rather someone has just covered the paintings with light grey paint, on a dark grey wall.
It's not just the actual value of the work (probably worth a few thousand now Banksy's gone legit ?) but the fact that they so clearly failed to recognise the intrinsic value. I loved walking past the little girl with the balloon. Anyone know where I can find a couple of photos - I'm tempted to send them to Wagamama 's head office and point out to them exactly what they allowed to be destroyed ?
edited to say - must have happened a couple of weeks ago - see here:
I'm really disappointed to hear they've gone. The girl with the ballon was also further along, past the Tate Modern (if memory serves me well), but I think she was billposted over. Does anyone know if the rats and old man that briefly appeared on the steps down from Borough High Street to Borough Market/Southwark Cathedral was Banksy?
> The Banksy angel in the Bermondsey Street tunnel
> has also recently been painted over, couldn't
> believe it when I saw it wasn't there anymore.
Hmm, I wonder if it's a Southwark Council "war on graffiti" then ? A shame either way.
As for Banksy being tempted to redo them, I understand he's now more a serious artiste who saves his political statements for places like the Israeli West Bank security barrier.