A new work by street artist Banksy has appeared in London. But less than an hour later it was gone again – it was probably stolen. Bansky had attached three miniature flying objects reminiscent of combat drones to a stop sign in the Peckham district.
As the British news agency PA reports, two men removed the sign on Friday. They then ran away. It is unclear who the men are. On Saturday evening, the police reported that they had arrested a suspect “on suspicion of theft and damage to property.” Banksy’s works are considered very valuable.
Shortly before the event, the British artist uploaded three photos of the sign to his official Instagram account. This is how the Briton usually announces his authorship. After just one hour, the post had collected more than 270,000 likes. Banksy initially did not give a reference or title. It is possible that the artist wanted to use the work of art to oppose the use of drones to specifically kill people.
Politically, Banksy has repeatedly positioned himself on the side of Ukraine. The anonymous street artist, who also painted in the Gaza Strip and runs a hotel in the West Bank that is currently closed due to the war, repeatedly criticized Israeli politics artistically.
It is not the first time that one of the artist’s works has been removed this year. For Valentine’s Day, in typical style, he sprayed a painting on the wall of a house in Margate, southeast England. The image draws attention to the problem of domestic violence. It was dismantled to protect it from damage and initially placed in an amusement park.
The true identity of the artist Banksy is a mystery. But it is clear that he is British by birth. His sprayed works can now be found on walls in countless places around the world.