According to local rumour, the owner of the building removed it "for safe keeping." Either way, it's sickening.
It looks like the rumours are true. The Wood Green Banksy is now up for auction. The question that looms large in my mind is that even though it was created on private property by a secret artist, does that give the owner of the building the right to sell the work? Who owns the rights to sell it? Who does it ultimately belong to? I would argue that it belongs to the public it was created for.
A graffiti artist I know who was prolific in East London before he moved to Berlin seems to back up this belief. He says: "The work I make is for my community and my neighbours. If I can put a smile on one of my neighbours’ faces, or encourage a member of my community to use their brain a little more, then I indirectly reap the reward from this."
The Metro and the Sun have now published articles about the disappearance of the Banksy:
Just in from Poundland:
We would like to confirm that we are NOT responsible for either selling or removing the Banksy mural. We are currently investigating.
One of our Noel Park councillors has started a campaign to contact the auction company who's selling the Banksy He's asking people to email art company auctioning it on firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell them to withdraw it from auction
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What a storm in a teacup.
It seems to me that the issue is much deeper than that. I still believe that the owner of the building removed the Banksy, which is just another example of how many absentee landlords exploit the community, especially on the high road. The only thing the owners of this property care about is making money. They don't care about the high street and they don't care about the people who shop there and live close by.
Haringey Council has now started a Facebook campaign to get the back: https://www.facebook.com/bringbackbanksy