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Ball Games

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Critical Review

Originally painted as a mural in Tottenham, North London, Banksy’s No Ball Games shows two children playing catch with a bright red sign.

In 2009, Banksy then released 250 signed green and 250 signed grey No Ball Games prints as part of Pictures on Walls' Christmas show, "Fiesta Resistance". The green version was released online via the printer's website and the grey version was available from their store. Collectors queued up in -7°C temperatures to buy No Ball Games (Grey), and the event soon descended into queue jumping, fighting, drinking and people being paid to stand in line for others.

No Ball Games portrays a pair of young children playing outside, throwing and catching what should be a ball, but is in fact a bright red street sign inscribed with the text No Ball Games. Rendered in black and white stencil, except for the red of the sign itself, and with all the typical irony of a Banksy print, this scene is superimposed on a muted background, much like the original backdrop of the urban wall

In 2013, the mural in Tottenham was removed from the wall by the Sincura group, divided into three parts and sold for profits, which was put towards helping disadvantaged children.