Banksy murals in Bristol 'need protection' says group
AN organisation protecting the architecture and design of British buildings has launched a campaign to save murals like Banksy’s in Bristol.
The Twentieth Century Society aims to raise awareness about the importance of murals and street art which they feel are under threat.
The organisation has applied for some murals across the UK to be protected by having them listed.
Henrietta Billings, conservation advisor at the Twentieth Century Society, said the recent example of a Banksy mural being removed in London and put up for auction highlights the necessity to protect the artwork.
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She said: “The latest example is extraordinary and has triggered a real debate about street art.
“Our campaign hopes to encourage more of a public discourse about the significance of street art work.
“Bansky’s work is crucial as it helps to get the debate going about the value of such art.”
The Society’s campaign also focuses on murals painted on public buildings like old schools, which are under threat of being pulled down.
One mural highlighted by the campaign is a red brick carving from 1919 on the Bristol Eye Hospital.
For more information visit www.c20society.org.uk/casework-campaigns/campaigns/murials/