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?