Should Banksy's artworks have been washed away?

Did you see the story about famous artist Banksy creating his most recent work on the wall of a London underground train carriage? Read about it here!

According to BBC News, a video posted on his Instagram page shows a man, believed to be the mysterious artist, disguised as a professional cleaner.

He can been seen ordering passengers away as he gets to work, stencilling rats around the inside of a carriage.

Banksy is one of the world's most famous artists and his work has sold for nearly £10m before.

However, before Banksy had a chance to tell people about his new artwork, cleaners came and washed it away! Read that story here!

A source from Transport for London said: "It was treated like any other graffiti on the network."

This has got us thinking...

  1. Should the art have been left as it was?
  2. Does it matter that the art was washed away?
  3. Should famous artists face the same graffiti rules as everyone else?

Read the articles above to get to know the story better, and give your opinions below. Remember to give your reasons!

Comments (6)

  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    17 Jul 2020

    Banksy's intentions were good but due to the placement of the graffiti it should have been taken down. I think the Tfl did the right thing by offering Banksy to redo the artwork in a more appropriate area. Yes, Banksy is world renowned but he should also adhere to the rules of other graffiti artists. This is because, graffiti is graffiti and no matter how good it is, it needs to be in a appropriate area. Graffiti in trains doesn't really add to the atmosphere, in my opinion it takes way from it. On the other hand, I think that cleaners should have checked who the artwork was by before washing it down. Although, would that really be realistically possible? All graffiti on the streets should adhere to the same rules. Graffiti is illegal in the UK, without permission of the canvas's owner. So at least, as I said, Tfl gave him the opportunity to allow him to paint it in a more appropriate spot. I think, yes it must have been hard for Banksy to have accepted his artwork was gone, but in the future he will have to remember better places to place his street art. In conclusion, Banksy's artwork should have been taken down, it was in the wrong area. Tfl did the right move though to offer him the opportunity for him to repaint it elsewhere.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      genuine_cat's comment 17 Jul 2020

      A very reasoned answer, genuine_cat! It seems a good compromise has been by TfL - I wonder what Banksy will make of their offer?

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      1. Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 17 Jul 2020

        I hope that Banksy accepts the offer, this would mean that the public would be able to see a artwork about wearing masks in a appropriate spot. The public would then be more inclined to wear a mask, or more often when going out.
        For Banksy , it would mean that he gets his message across and completes something which will stay for years to come to remind future generations of the tough times we have been through.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    17 Jul 2020

    I disagree with you Genuine Cat. This is because Banksy's art sent a message to wear a face mask. I understand the art takes away from the atmosphere but in these times when we all need to keep yourself and each other safe the art fits in. It will could make people realise that they need wear face mask. There are regulations in place for graffiti but graffiti that sends a message that is relevant to these times, in my opinion, should be allowed to stay.

    In conclusion, Banky's art should not have been removed. Not because it was done by a famous artist but because of the message it sends, a message that is relevant to the current times.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 17 Jul 2020

      If we allow Banksy to graffiti, does this open the door to other artists who have a message to send? What's the criteria for a message that is allowed to stay?

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  • hopeful_language | Whyteleafe School D
    10 Nov 2020

    i think he should keep his graffiti because it will inspire artists to show if they want to express there passion they can do it without having to be known it will and if he moves it to a more appropriate place the meaning will be lost.

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