Last Friday, Banksy confirmed that the artwork that had appeared during the week was, indeed, his. As a result, immediate steps were taken to put in place 24/7 security patrols to protect this artwork until a permanent solution could be found.
During the course of this week, protective screens have been placed over all the art pieces. As you would expect, all relevant landowner permissions have been secured.
In relation to the ‘Rat’ artwork that has, unfortunately, been defaced, we have approached several restoration experts for their recommendations to repair the damage and we will shortly be meeting one expert on site for them to undertake a professional restoration assessment. During the visit, the expert will also make recommendations as to longer term measures that we might wish to consider to protect this artwork for future generations. In the meantime, the screens that have been installed will protect the art pieces against fading, sun damage and vandalism.
We will share the information we receive regarding longer term protection measures with the other landowners and will offer what support we can in order to help them preserve the artwork. We are also exploring the potential of working with Great Yarmouth Borough Council who also require restoration support.
The details of the person who may have carried out the damage to the vandalised artwork have been given to the police and their enquiries are ongoing.
Art is, as you know, subjective but it goes without saying that Banksy’s artwork will only help to further enhance East Suffolk’s cultural offer and, in turn, the City of Culture bid we have submitted alongside Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
Leader of East Suffolk Council