Our founder Joey Syer commented:
“Its a huge shame and opportunity lost for Londoners that the latest Banksy work has already been removed by the anti-graffiti teams at TFL. Of course, we understand why, and we understand it’s highly likely whoever removed it was following procedure and had no idea they were destroying a Banksy. Had TFL management known, and had the opportunity to remove and protect the installation we estimate it’s value as a complete package to be in the region of £7.5million.It’s a shame the opportunity was missed to perhaps remove the carriage from the network and turn it into a tourist attraction for all Londoners and the world to enjoy. Sadiq Khan must be kicking himself, but Banksy has yet again proved his ability to entertain and make a statement with such daring and style”
- Banksy’s rats removed by the anti-graffiti teams at TFL within hours, estimated at £7.5 million.
- This week Banksy disguised as a member of the London Underground team marked the walls and windows of the carriages with sneezing rats.
- ‘If you don’t mask – you don’t get’ was the comment below his video on his Instagram profile posted this afternoon
- The video shows the most we’ve ever seen of the illusive Banksy, whilst he seems to usher passengers away while he creates his artwork.
The artist left a message to Londoners – ‘I get lockdown, but I get up again’. The reference is to the song Tubthumping by Chumbawamba, the lyrics are “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down”. The song plays at the end of the video. The footage shows the artist in overalls and a hi-vis jacket, disguised as someone employed to disinfect the carriages. There is a fleeting glimpse of the artist’s face, in a mask as he works.
The instagram clip opens with a shot from a video from the Evening Standard titled, “London underground trains deep cleaned ‘every few days’, the film demonstrates workers in full-on protective gear sanitising carriages in London’s tube amid the Coronavirus pandemic. We then see Banksy dressed in a similar outfit, spraying his infamous stenciled rats on various windows, walls and doors. He uses an industrial-grade cleaning spray bottle—similar to those we see spraying sanitiser on public transport and pavements.
The rats are seen sneezing, dropping their masks, using them as parachutes. One of the final shots, now the homepage image for Banksy’s website, shows a rat hanging by its tail while holding a bottle of sanitiser, personifying the creature – as in so many of Banksy’s rat works, with Banksy’s name in dripping blue paint nearby.
This latest stunt puts is back in his habitat, out of his bathroom and Southampton Hospital, he’s venturing underground to spray-paint messages to London on how to navigate the world post lockdown. Meanwhile if his rats have got you masked and indoors again take a look at the opportunity there is in taking home one of his notorious rats this year, in our Guide to Banksy Rats.