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Save Our Banksy! Shield comes off rat artwork

Camden Council once looked into the cost of ensuring famous artist's stencil

13 July, 2019

Spot the rodent on the side of the building [Photo: Simon Lamrock]

BANKSY fans are fearing for the future of one of the artist’s less conspicuous works after a protective screen was removed.

The rat holding up a placard stencilled onto the side of Camden Council’s former offices in King’s Cross was once considered such an asset that the Town Hall made enquiries about insuring the work. Instead, a layer of Perspex was fitted to deter vandals, who have attacked other pieces of street art in the borough.

The future of the artwork is unknown after the “Town Hall annexe” building was sold off by the council.

It is currently being converted into a new hotel. Five years ago, the council’s then finance chief Theo Blackwell said that the Banksy was not included in the property sell-off.

Last month Westminster Council moved to fit a screen to protect a Banksy artwork in Marble Arch that appeared during the Extinction Rebellion protests

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