Banksy mural in BristolDownload
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 27/06/2019. Bristol, UK. A mural in the style of Banksy has appeared on a wall in Bristol, but it has yet to be confirmed as a genuine work by Banksy. The work in Bristol shows a girl with a backpack standing in front of a crayon house, with the words ‘Intellectual Property’ and ‘Keep Out’ written on the house. It may be a reference to a recent court case in Italy, where Banksy’s legal team won a case against a Milan art museum for unauthorised merchandising of his work. The Bristol work is an adapted copy of a Banksy work in Los Angeles in 2011 called Crayon House Foreclosure that showed a girl who had just drawn a crayon house, with workman boarding it up, and was seen as a comment on Los Angeles' housing crisis, with rents put up and many working class families finding their homes repossessed. It is unusual for Banksy to pursue legal cases over his copyright and intellectual property, and he has previously said that ‘copyright is for losers’ and that he disliked the very concept of intellectual property. But he does condemn people making money out of his art. There is speculation as to whether this new work is a parody of Banksy's work, critiquing the artist for his apparent u-turn on the concept of intellectual property. Or it could be that Banksy is commenting on those who question his decision to mount the court case in Italy - pointing out that too many people have made too much money out of his work for too long. Photo credit: Simon Chapman/LNP.
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