23 February 2010

Businessman to destroy artwork

Minor tourist attractions in Liverpool include a giant painting of a rat holding a machine, artwork of the internationally known graffiti artist Banksy. 

The work, painted on an old pub, was an official commission. Last Thursday a developer who purchased the building said he would paint over the work and turn the pub into luxury flats, reports the Telegraph.

Everything's turned into condos or Starbucks these days.


  1. Was the rat meant to stay there forever? I think even famous graffiti artists like Banksy are aware that the work is subject to weather, overpainting, sandblasting, more graffiti, and even demolition.

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  3. They're not building a museum there, nor affordable housing. It's for luxury flats.