Banksy’s latest graffiti doesn’t even last an hour before it’s taken away

The highly acclaimed graffiti artist Banksy has seen his most recent installation removed less than an hour after it was confirmed to be his.

The artwork which was covering a traffic stop sign at the intersection of Southampton Way and Commercial Way in Packham, London was seen being taken down by two men shortly after midday today (December 22).

The artist had confirmed that the traffic sign with three aircraft depicting military drones was his earlier in the day, via a post on Instagram.

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And, it’s not his only installation so far this year with some of his most talked about works including the 3.8 tonnes ‘Valentine’s Day Mascara’ mural which was graffitied onto the side of a house in Margate, Kent on Valentine’s Day.

A running away with a Banksy installation
A man can be seen running off with the traffic sign

The rather unusual mural depicted a housewife from the 1950s with a missing tooth and a swollen eye, wearing an apron and washing up gloves, and throwing a man into a freezer.

And, since September it has been on display in the foyer of The Art of Banksy exhibition in Regent Street, London where the public can visit for free.

Alongside the Valentine’s Day mural, the public can also include various other pieces of the artist’s work including the famous ‘Girl With Balloon’, ‘Flower Thrower’ and ‘Rude Copper’ as well more recent installations that reference the current war in Ukraine.

An exhibition also opened this year showing off 25 years of Banksy’s stencil graffiti at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) for a limited time.

It included original artefacts, Banksy’s toilet as well as a model that showed how the artist made the peculiar decision to shred ‘Girl With Balloon’ during an auction in London in 2018.

Such was the success of the exhibition, organisers have said: “(we) want to take this show on the road but have no idea where to go to next”.

Known for his up-to-date commentary on all of the major happenings in the world in 2020 he referenced Coronavirus in his work as well as the war in Ukraine more recently.

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