Instead of removing the street art, a local council in London decided to immediately preserve a new piece of public art created by Banksy behind a sheet of plastic. It’s an interesting move by a municipal authority for a style of art that is traditionally meant to be temporary. Commenting on the work and a recent conviction of another graffiti artist, local news site Londonist says:
Why’s this of interest? It perfectly symbolises the ongoing debate about double standards in dealing with graffiti. Both Banksy and Tox leave their handiwork on private property. But while Banksy sees his efforts preserved behind a protective screen, Tox is convicted of criminal damage. We all have views about the relative merits and motives of the pair, but should the authorities be allowed to make a distinction?
Banksy’s work can be found on the corner of Kentish Town Road and Jeffrey’s Street