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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  1. Seriously make this stop

    Preserve the art work. its bloody vandalism.. get it painted over and get wanksy arrested for the crime everyone else who sprays on walls gets done for..

  2. What if you reversed the scene and had a man doing that to a woman ,there would uproar ,whether the effort to raise domestic violence man on woman,is what is being raised here,I think all forms of domestic violence is vile,why glamourize it for the sake of art

  3. Why is the fridge the biggest topic of conversation? The piece is about domestic violence/abuse, surely that’s a more pressing discussion to be having?

  4. The most ironic thing about this is how quickly TDC have taken action. Maybe he ought to paint on a few more walls to get the areas cleared?

  5. Have they smeared dog crap on it? Loads of it in Margate & if Emin has blessed it then it would be worth millions.

  6. If the civilised world read the comments on the Banksy thread’s they could be forgiven for thinking Thanet was peopled by knuckle- dragging knuckle-headed slack jawed yokels, who instead of carrying mobile phones with them hoick a pitchfork over their shoulders when they leave their mud huts.

    Mumbling bumbling philistines.

    • Amen. Three articles I’ve just read comments on, all different topics and it’s the same idiots talking absolute ill informed nonsense.

  7. There has been a dumped fridge in the small parking area opposite the old sportsman pub in Cliffsend for 5 weeks now, hopefully TDC’s campaign on dumped domestic appliances will reach it soon 😀

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