…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Speculated Banksy Artwork in Glasgow to be Removed as Council Confirms It’s Not Genuine
A painting on a building in Glasgow, which had been widely speculated to be the work of Banksy, will be removed by the city council after it was confirmed to be not genuine.
The image, located off Buchanan Street, depicts a rodent wearing a Union Jack hat and playing a drum with the words “God save the King.”
Despite speculation fueled by Banksy’s exhibition opening at the nearby Gallery of Modern Art (Goma), the artwork does not appear on Banksy’s official website, Pest Control, which documents his authentic works.
The discovery of the painting in Glasgow sparked excitement and debate as locals and art enthusiasts speculated about its potential association with Banksy.
However, the council’s confirmation that it is not genuine raises questions about its origin and authorship.
Council Confirms Removal of the Artwork, Advises Visitors to Attend Banksy Exhibition
Glasgow City Council announced that the image will be removed from the building.
The council spokesperson emphasized that the artwork is not by Banksy and directed those seeking to view genuine Banksy works to visit the exhibition at Goma.
The council’s decision to remove the artwork reflects their commitment to maintaining the integrity of public spaces and ensuring that only genuine works of art are displayed.
They encourage individuals interested in experiencing Banksy’s art to visit the official exhibition, providing an alternative opportunity to engage with the artist’s work.
Debate Over Removal and Public Space
Depute Lord Provost of Glasgow, Christy Mearns, expressed her opposition to the removal of the artwork, highlighting its location in a highly visible public space and arguing that it does not adversely affect the building.
The differing perspectives on the removal of the artwork raise questions about the significance of public art, the authority to determine its authenticity, and the role of local communities in preserving and appreciating art in public spaces.
The debate underscores the subjective nature of art and the ongoing discourse surrounding unauthorized street art.