Banksy’s Valentine’s Day mascara in Margate, England, had been removed by the council on a privately owned property due to safety reasons
British street artist Banksy confirmed a new mural showing a 1950s housewife with a swollen eye apparently pushing a man into an abandoned chest freezer was his work early on Valentine’s Day, just hours before the appliance was removed.
The woman is hurt as well. She appears to be missing a tooth, and an eye is swollen shut. The post on Banksy’s account said it was titled “Valentine’s Day mascara,” and it was posted on Tuesday.
The artwork appeared in Margate, a city in southeastern England, becoming the latest locale for a graffiti installation by one of the world’s most famous living artists. It appeared on Monday, but the officials dismantled parts of the tableau the next day.
The original work had incorporated an actual freezer and a toppled chair, following Banksy’s tradition of mixing everyday items with paint and other media. People were so taken with the artwork that they took photos of themselves posing with the woman.
The freezer, believed to have been a part of the installation, had been removed by council operatives due to safety reasons as it was on public land, despite the graffiti on a wall of a privately owned property.
The council said that the fridge freezer would be returned once it was made safe for the public. We will be contacting the owner of the property to discuss the options to preserve the artwork for the district.”
“The council saying it was removed for safety reason is a bit short sided, considering that there is a side road next to the Banksy with a pile of rubbish and wood full of nails,” resident Davide Restifo told The Isle of Thanet News, submitting a photo of unsightly debris to prove his point.
On a hazard warning light and a man in Bath, California, visiting a resort to paint a sea and painting a mural
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He said that a council truck had the hazard warning lights on and that it took away the freezer.
Brown, who was visiting Margate from Bath, said he had come to the resort to paint the sea, but after coming across the mural had spent his time painting a scene of a wall instead.