In the world of art, artists and their creations are not synonymous. A painting, sculpture, and a wall mural are all products of a person’s imagination, but sometimes it has nothing to do with the original message that painters and sculptors want to convey. The conflict arises when artists’ works become subjects to misinterpretation due to the true meaning of pieces dictated by the artists. Banksy and other “silent” artists are a different kettle of fish. Banksy protest is silent, but it is, in fact, louder than words. Why?
Is vandalizing street art an act of vandalism or well-deserved justice? Recently, on January 16, it became known that a landlord couple, Gary and Nadine Schwartz, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, tore the latest Banksy mural off the wall of an old electrical shop they owned and sold it privately for approximately £2 million (roughly $2,715,000). The actions of the couple sparked disappointment and anger and left many locals frustrated. The deputy of the town mayor labeled it a “shame” since the Banksy artwork attracted many visitors to the area.
The artworld is always evolving, and there is a never-ending appetite for development. Even street art, a relatively young art movement, is now at the epicenter of innovation. As you might have already heard, Banksy painting “Love Is in the Air” was cut into 10,000 separate NFT pieces to be sold online. One of the most famous Banksy artworks was fractionated by Particle, a team of leading figures in the world of blockchain, art, and technology. The initial sale had to begin on January 10 and would last through today, January 14.