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UK News RMT moan Banksy's £7.5m Tube graffiti proves Underground 'is not safe'

13:45  22 october  2020
13:45  22 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Banksy ' s spray painting of a Tube carriage showed London Underground was " not safe ", the RMT union has said. A video posted on the artist's Instagram in The transport authority has now confirmed to the BBC, in response a Freedom of Information Act request, that it had completed an investigation

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Rail union bosses have claimed Banksy's £7.5million Tube graffiti stunt proves the London Underground 'is not safe,' as TfL refuses to share which station the artist targeted along with other details, as it fears copycats will target trains.

The renowned street artist boarded a Hammersmith and City Line train dressed in a high-vis jacket, boiler suit, goggles and face mask on July 10, spray painting rats in pandemic-inspired poses inside the carriage and on a platform's wall.

It was removed by clueless Transport for London cleaning crews, who were unaware of its origins despite the Bristol-based artist sharing a video of the artwork on his Instagram page.

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Banksy was seen putting on PPE so as not to give up his closely guarded identityCredit A TfL spokesperson confirmed no one knew Banksy had left work on the Tube until a video emerged "Sadiq Khan must be kicking himself, but Banksy has yet again proved his ability to entertain and

Hours after street artist Banksy posted an Instagram video of him tagging a London Underground train with his latest artwork urging people to wear masks, Transport for London confirmed that it had been The opening lyrics -- "I get knocked down, but I get up again" -- play as the Tube doors close.

The RMT has raised security concerns three months after the stunt, while TfL has revealed it will not publish the findings of an investigation into how Banksy was able to pull it off.

Banksy's artwork on the London Underground was valued at around £7.5million - but clueless cleaners removed it from the Hammersmith and City Line train before it could be preserved © Provided by Daily Mail Banksy's artwork on the London Underground was valued at around £7.5million - but clueless cleaners removed it from the Hammersmith and City Line train before it could be preserved

The public transport operator would not reveal the name of station that was targeted, but told the BBC it was between Barbican and Paddington.

TfL also confirmed the artist did not go on the station's tracks.

Rail union RMT is warning that Banksy's video from July exposes a lack of staff and security at some Underground locations.

A spokesperson from the union told the BBC a lack of staff on gates means the public could 'literally walk on with anything they like'.

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Banksy ' s tube art was removed "by mistake". While I agree with others saying that this was an Some people have criticised the cleaners and Tube operator Transport for London for removing the Others suggested the mural was an act of publicity and that Banksy knew the work would not be in

Coronavirus-inspired stencils on tube train feature rats with surgical face masks and hand sanitiser.

They added: 'You can have a coffin under your arm let alone a canister full of paint,' he said.

'What happened with a canister full of paint is actually very minor, considering what could have happened.'

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Cleaners did not know graffiti on a London Underground train was by world-renowned artist Banksy when they removed it, the BBC has been told. In the current climate, it is perhaps reassuring that the cleaners on the Tube did their job quickly and efficiently and cleaned off the work so quickly.

Pic: Banksy . The cleaning team, a spokesman told Sky News, was simply fulfilling its contract and following TfL' s policy on graffiti . He said graffiti on TfL' s trains is not unusual and it is normal practice for the train to be removed from service and cleaned as soon as possible.

MailOnline has approached transport for London for comment.

A message on the operators website reads: 'We fund more than 2,500 officers across the Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police and the City of London Police (CoLP).

'They police London's transport network to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour, and make you feel safer when travelling in London.'

a man standing in front of a television: News of Banksy's stunt comes after another of his works, Show Me the Monet (pictured) sold for £7.6million at auction - the second highest sale of the artist's work © Provided by Daily Mail News of Banksy's stunt comes after another of his works, Show Me the Monet (pictured) sold for £7.6million at auction - the second highest sale of the artist's work a group of people standing in front of a building: Banksy's most valuable piece, Devolved Parliament (pictured), shows the Houses of Parliament filled with chimpanzees. It sold for £9.9million in 2019 © Provided by Daily Mail Banksy's most valuable piece, Devolved Parliament (pictured), shows the Houses of Parliament filled with chimpanzees. It sold for £9.9million in 2019

Concerns raised over Banksy's stunt come after one of his most famous paintings, Show Me The Money, fetched £7.6million at auction.

The price achieved by Sotheby's for Show Me the Monet is the second highest yet for the mysterious British artist.

Five collectors pushed the winning bid to £7,551,600 against an expectation of between £3.5-5million.

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One of Banksy ’ s most harrowing motifs is an image of Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonald happily skipping along while flanking a naked, crying young What’s ironic about all this, Doyle suggested, is that Banksy was able to get away with putting this work in such a public place, without any hassling

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Created in 2005, the painting transforms Monet's A Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies into a fly-tipping spot, adding abandoned shopping trolleys and a traffic cone to the famous garden scene.

a person with a bicycle in front of a brick building: Street artist Banksy has confirmed that he is the artist behind a  black and white, the tongue-in-cheek image  of a girl hula hooping with a bike tyre, which sits just behind a battered bike chained to a lamp post with an infinity lock © Provided by Daily Mail Street artist Banksy has confirmed that he is the artist behind a  black and white, the tongue-in-cheek image  of a girl hula hooping with a bike tyre, which sits just behind a battered bike chained to a lamp post with an infinity lock

The reclusive artist's Devolved Parliament, depicting the UK's House of Commons populated by chimpanzees, sold for £9.9 million last year.

Last Tuesday a black and white stencil over a girl using a bike wheel as a hula hoop appeared on a wall outside a Nottingham beauty salon.

The wall mural, which is painted behind a chained up bike in the road, is worth more than the street's average house price of £214,280.

Tonight another of Banksy's works, Oh My God, will go up for auction, with valuers predicting it could sell for up to £1million.

a person standing in a room: Oh My God, by Banksy, is expected to fetch between £700,000 and £1million when it goes up for auction at Bonhams in London on Thursday © Provided by Daily Mail Oh My God, by Banksy, is expected to fetch between £700,000 and £1million when it goes up for auction at Bonhams in London on Thursday

It features the wording: 'Oh my God, that's so cute. The way you just draw on stuff and think about yourself all the time', and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the so-called Pest Control Office.

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The artwork, which was spray painted on a piece of found metal, is said to take inspiration from Girl with a Pearl Earring, and first appeared at his seminal Barely Legal exhibition in Los Angeles in 2006.

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Insiders in the art world have previously claimed there is compelling evidence suggesting that the artist is former public schoolboy Robin Gunningham, from Bristol, who is believed to be in his early forties.

In March scientists at Queen Mary University of London backed a Mail on Sunday identifying Mr Gunningham as 'the only serious suspect'.

They used 'geographic profiling', a technique more often used to catch criminals or track outbreaks of disease, by plotting the locations of 192 of Banksy's presumed artworks.  But there have always been doubts.

a man sitting in front of a car: Is this him? The only clue until now has been a photograph taken in Jamaica 11 years ago of a man with a bag of spray cans and a stencil by his feet, who people say is Robin Gunningham © Provided by Daily Mail Is this him? The only clue until now has been a photograph taken in Jamaica 11 years ago of a man with a bag of spray cans and a stencil by his feet, who people say is Robin Gunningham

Others have claimed Banksy is older, having been inspired by French artist Blek le Rat, who began working in 1981, which could make him at least ten years older.

The only clue until now has been a photograph taken in Jamaica 11 years ago of a man with a bag of spray cans and a stencil by his feet, who people say is Gunningham.

Banksy has admitted he disguises himself when in public and claims it is much easier and quicker to install works himself.

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Appearances in public, or on film, have also been in disguise or with his face covered. Banksy says he must remain anonymous because of the often illegal nature of his art.

Robin Gunningham, who is thought to be in his late 30s or early 40s, remains the man most believed to be Banksy, although only a handful of the artist's friends know his true identity.

He was educated at the £9,240-a-year Bristol Cathedral School, which shocked some of the artist's fans who were fond of their hero's 'anti-establishment' stance.

Banksy has become renowned for his use of stencils to spray illegal images on public walls. Some councils and businesses have begun to protect his creations and his works have been sold to celebrities, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Rumours have persisted that the artist is called Robin Banks, that he is from Bristol, and that his parents think he is a painter and decorator.

Gunningham's former school friend Scott Nurse said in 2011: 'He was one of three people in my year who were extremely talented at art. I am not at all surprised if he is Banksy.'

Records reveal Gunningham once lived with artist Luke Egan, who later exhibited with Banksy. Mr Egan initially denied knowing Gunningham but later admitted he had lived with him.

Around 2000, when Banksy moved to London, Gunningham relocated to a flat in Hackney. A number of Banksy's most famous works have appeared nearby. At that time Gunningham lived with Jamie Eastman, who worked for the Hombre record label – which has used illustrations by Banksy.

Mr Gunningham's own parents have denied the artist was their son, although when his mother Pamela was shown the picture by the Mail on Sunday four years ago she initially denied she even had a son, let alone one called Robin, according to the paper.

But in 2016 a member of Massive Attack was named as the artist.

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Robert '3D' Del Naja, the founding member of the Bristol band, has been accused of being the guerrilla graffiti star because art keeps appearing near their gigs.

Investigative journalist Craig Williams, 31, claims the artist could be Mr Del Naja, or perhaps a team of people led by him and linked to Massive Attack who combine their concerts with graffiti.

Mr Williams has plotted Banksy murals around the world and said that on at least six occasions more than a dozen appeared shortly before or after Massive Attack gigs in the same cities over the past 12 years.

3D was a graffiti artist in the 1980s and has admitted he is friends with Banksy - but the journalist's new research concludes he may be the artist himself.   His band, famous for songs Tear Drop and Unfinished Sympathy, has made millions while Banksy's art sells for at least £500,000 a piece.

Mr Williams said it has been the common conception was that the artist was 'plain old public school boy Robin Gunningham'. He said: 'But what if Banksy isn't the one person everyone thinks he is. What if Banksy is a group of people who have stencilling different locations both at home and abroad? Such a rich body of work done over a decade, across the globe, may allow for the suggestion.

'A rumour exists from 2010 that his work that went up around North America was his work but were not necessarily painted by him, but rather by a street team that happened to be following the Massive Attack tour. And on analysis of his North American work, this makes perfect sense.'

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