Don’t miss the most controversial graffito of London.
How often modern art is not understood by ordinary people? You have probably heard about the discussion on street art a billion of times, but sometimes graffiti detractors can take it to the extreme.
A significant controversy took place a few years ago in Stoke Newington – North London – around a stunning mural artwork painted by the international street artist Bansky on the side of a building in Church street.
The graffito, representing the royal family waving from the balcony and chosen by the band Blur as the cover artwork for the single “Crazy Beat”, was partially covered up with black paint in 2009 as part of a Hackney Council graffiti removal project.
Fortunately part of the scene is still visible, but many residents of Stoke Newington are still wondering how a street art masterpiece can be confused with a scribble on the wall. Moreover, the graffito was done with the permission of the owner of the building and stayed untouched for over 8 years before being ruined.
Ironically this is the first case of local community accusing the council of vandalism for the anti-graffiti action it took.