ART NEWS: Banksy, the Scarlet Pimpernel of the art world, succeeded last night where many others have also succeeded â€“ and made a cock out of Number 10.
Outwitting security that includes multiple CCTV cameras, armed response units, radar, air support and a bobby on the doorstep, the publicity-hungry/shy graffiti artist somehow left one of his trademark stencils at the door of power last night – causing an immediate media storm.
â€śIs it art?â€ť frothed Guardian correspondent Giles Harbinger, â€śor is it vandalism? Or is it, in fact, the free and sane expression of the people’s feelings towards their governors?â€ť The Daily Mail heralded it as a shocking indictment of the benefits culture. The Star recreated the image with some models.
This morning the Metropolitan police were unclear as to whether they would be issuing a warrant for Banksy’s arrest, following ‘mixed messages’ from Number 10 itself.
â€śWell of course it is embarrassing,â€ť said a cabinet minister who asked not to be named,â€ť but then again the value of the house has just gone up by about half a million pounds. Money is tight these days so, you know, and to be honest the Treasury is saying ‘well hang on a minute, lads â€“ there might be something in this…’â€ť
Story: Jasper Gibson