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Council Sensitivity

banksy_one_nation_under_cctv_day.jpg The striking mural, painted under cover of darkness, was intended as a stinging criticism of Big Brother society. So it will come as little surprise to its creator, Banksy, that bureaucracy has ordered the removal of one of his largest works.

The Times has learnt that Westminster Council has demanded that a mural by the pseudonymous graffiti artist, a 7m (23 ft) criticism of Britain’s CCTV culture, must be painted over. While other authorities have turned a blind eye to Banksy, the council said yesterday that it would remove any graffiti, regardless of the reputation of its creator.



Interesting. Given the size of that mural and the current cost of Banksey's work, I estimate that they are destroying about £50,000 to £100,000. Banksey's highest sale so far has been £288,000.

Of course, that doesn't include the cost of removal. If Westminister council use a commercial contractor, I suspect that would double the expense...

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