The painted-over Banksy mural

This raises many ethical questions.

First one is – who ordered the painting over of it? Not the painting of it – that’s Banksy and helpers – but the painting over.

The Godden Gaming Organization, which owns the building, previously said it was exploring options to remove, maintain or sell the artwork.

Emails to a Banksy representative and to Dover’s local council seeking clarification about the fate of the artwork went unanswered Monday, a national holiday in Britain.

Is it vandalism if it expresses that which we believe in?  Is there a universal definition of vandalism irrespective of content?  Or is it all relative?

Does Godden Gaming have every right to decide what it does with a cultural piece on its walls?  Or does a National Trust type organisation or a local council planning committee decide what our panorama will look like?

What are Banksy’s rights in this?

Which aspect are you more uncomfortable about – the putting up of the mural in the first place or the painting over?

12 comments for “The painted-over Banksy mural

  1. Twisted Root
    August 27, 2019 at 10:07 am

    The building owners can do with it as they wish. I would have it removed and invoice Banksy.

    • john in cheshire
      August 27, 2019 at 11:26 am

      Me too, especially if he didn’t seek permission to deface their building

      • September 1, 2019 at 7:42 am

        Might be difficult to do, since no-one knows who he is…

  2. Mark in Mayenne
    August 27, 2019 at 10:15 am

    What TW said

    • Mark Matis
      August 27, 2019 at 10:31 am

      One never can be sure whence wisdom shall emanate.

  3. Jim
    August 27, 2019 at 11:31 am

    My guess is the owners of the building have done it, because they were afraid the building would get listed or some such. The building is due for demolition (and presumably the site to be redeveloped) so one suspects this is a ‘Get rid of the mural before the authorities stop us knocking the building down because its got a Banksy on the end of it’ situation. Rather in the same way developers often cut trees down before applying for planning permission on a site, in case they get TPOs stuck on them.

  4. Lord T
    August 27, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    When I spray a building I get 6 months for vandalism. Why does this Banksy get away with it? It is beyond me.

  5. James Strong
    August 27, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Banksy has no rights in this.

  6. August 27, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Banksy’s politics are of the left, so he can do anything he damn well likes, Plod cannot touch him. Besides, they’re off at festivals simulating sex with obese but colourful women and getting attacked now no one has any respect any more.

  7. Robert the Biker
    August 27, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Banksy is just another vandalising creep who gets away with this shit because he does little girls with balloons and similar. Spare me his ‘edgy’ politics, he’s another work shy soap dodging fuckwit who only gets away with this crap because he’s become the face of the losers and ner do wells of the left. We now have another tosspot, this helch clown, who’s sprayed some crap on a viaduct near Windsor and pissed off the actual Queen. Tolerate this shit, get more!

  8. August 28, 2019 at 12:40 am

    So much agreement here. Where’s the ‘diversity’?


    • September 1, 2019 at 7:43 am


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