Protective layer placed over Banksy artwork in Margate

A protective layer and a temporary replacement for the freezer this morning! Photo John Horton

A protective layer has been installed over part of the Banksy art work in Margate.

Resident Jack Murphy-Delo spotted the covering being put on the stencil work at Park Place last night (February 14).

The art has caused quite a stir since first appearing overnight on February 12/13.

How it originally looked Photo Sean Bicknell

The piece, titled Valentine’s Day Mascara, originally showed a woman with a swollen shut eye and missing tooth with a man’s legs poking out from a chest freezer, alongside an upturned chair and a beer bottle. It is understood to be a comment on domestic violence.

However, the work used a chest freezer with a jammed open lid as a prop and this was removed by Thanet council yesterday to be ‘made safe.’

Jack says he spotted the protective covering being put in place while out on his bike last night.

Jack Murphy-Delo

He said: “I cycled down to the scene where Banksy’s newest art piece was created in Margate to see what was happening.

“A protective layer was being installed over the art pieces  and I was able to talk with one of the men doing it. They confirmed that they’re hoping  the art piece is going to remain there for a number of weeks.

Protective layer installed last night Photo Jack Murphy-Delo

“They confirmed that they’re hoping to have the freezer back in its original position.”

Meanwhile, someone has decided to replace the freezer with a bin (again) this morning.

Photo John Horton

The protective covering, which is on the wall of a privately owned property, has not been carried out by the council.

Yesterday a council spokesperson said: ““The fridge freezer is now in storage and will be returned once it has been made safe to the public. We will be contacting the owner of the property to discuss the options to preserve the artwork for the district.”

The freezer is currently at a council site and it is understood that it will be returned to the Banksy site today.

Banksy’s stencils feature striking and, often darkly humorous, images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. The arts are worth huge sums of money.

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