Banksy is back with two more pieces published on his official website. The first we’ve dubbedBirds of a Feather and it appears in Clacton-on-Sea (a district in Essex, England). The scene includes a mob of xenophobic pigeons rallying against a colorful bird from Africa. Featuring the street artist’s signature sense of humor, the stenciled flock carry picket signs against the southern bird’s presence, perhaps referencing the recent ebola outbreak which began in West Africa and the impending local elections. The second piece, meanwhile, continues Banksy’s belief of street art’s relevancy in the fine art world as an aging woman observes a work that has since been removed. The Bristol artist titled the work himself and jokingly included it as part of the Folkestone Triennial.
The Birds of a Feather piece was swiftly removed by the city on October 2, 2014 after locals called it “racist.”
( Before the vandalism) A mural called Art Buff, created by Banksy.
A penis has been spray-painted on to the piece in Folkestone, which showed an old woman staring at an empty plinth
A Banksy mural has been vandalised just two weeks after it appeared on a wall in a seaside town.
The piece, called Art Buff, depicts an older woman staring at an empty plinth while wearing headphones with her hands clasped behind her back.
On Sunday evening, a spray-painted penis was added to the plinth of the artwork in Payers Park in Folkestone, Kent.
The damage is not expected to be permanent and clear plastic sheeting was placed over the mural not long after it appeared.
A mural called Art Buff, created by Banksy, was vandalised in Folkestone, Kent.
Visitors flocked to admire the Banksy when it arrived last month and Shepway district council said it would work with the owner of the building to ensure it remained undamaged.
The Banksy website also showed pictures of the wall before and after the artwork appeared and claimed the image was “part of the Folkestone triennial. Kind of”.
The triennial is a two-month showcase of art in the resort, which has attracted the attention of Yoko Ono, widow of the late Beatle John Lennon, among others.
The event made headlines at this year’s launch when Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer hid 30 bars of 24-carat gold, worth £10,000, on Folkestone beach.
A Kent police spokesman said: “We were called at 8pm on Sunday to a report of criminal damage in Rendezvous Street, Folkestone. It was reported that artwork on a wall had been painted on and officers attended the scene. Inquiries are ongoing.”