Banksy, Tesco Pledge Kids
Essex Road, London N1 8NE
- Highbury & Islington Station (0.8 km)
- Angel Station (0.9 km)
- Canonbury Railway Station (0.9 km)
11 reviews of Banksy, Tesco Pledge Kids in English
its a shame this wonderful piece of art has been vandalised and has to be covered with perspex but still a wonderful example of Banksy’s earlier work for his fans to enjoy.
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For some reason the line "Ohhh say can you SEEEEEE...." pops into my head ;).
Once again, the interaction between the artwork and the immediate environment is pure genius. The recent "modifications" mentioned by Qyper moonrising and their (again) temporary nature make this piece even better...
Still there, covered with Perspex ... Though the tesco bag has been changed.
Original said a lot. Currently interesting but spoiled.
You can see it on google streetview too: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=e...
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A new Banksy, on the side of a chemists, painted only a few months ago! It shows three kids in an American style pledge of allegiance scene around a flag pole. Their ‘flag’ is a Tesco plastic carrier bag. It’s classic Banksy: kids, humour, stencil art… even the way he fits the art into the environment. The ‘flag pole’ is actually some ducting for electric cables.
Sad to say by the time I’ve heard about this and got to see it, it’s already no longer mint. However it’s quite interesting to see the evidence of an interesting story going on! On the one hand the lower part of the painting has been protected with Perspex. Always a shame in some ways, but also evidence that the building owner wants to look after it. On the other hand sadly someone has painted over the Tesco bag, though it’s still visible. There also seems to have been some paint splashed onto the Perspex. Was it a secret raid by Tesco? Someone who didn’t like Banksy? Or someone who didn’t like Tesco and didn’t get the joke…
Incidentally a new Tesco Express has opened down the road, making two on that road.
Anyway, great to see Banksy back at work in the area. Now I have to get down to the Cans Festival…
Correcting mistake in update… A few changes have happened! Firstly the bag was touched up and perspex put over. Then someone dropped in a 'speech bubble’ on cardboard (behind the perspex), saying 'God save our banksy’ (Rather clever in credit crunch time…). Recently this disapeared… only to be replaced by another saying 'God save our Baraksy’. Love it! LOL
I absolutely love Banksy’s art and so i of course loved this piece. I especially like the way he uses added parts of the wall such as the wire box to become part of his art, making it appear more realistic. The picture shows typical Banksy humour with 3 kids saluting a flag made from a tesco’s carrier bag.
Take a look if you can!
-btw I love the photos everyone but am so sad to see how it has been painted over. I’m also not sure whether I am glad it is protected or wish it was still left to look natural rather than meking a big deal of it…
I saw this earlier in the year (march/april) & even by that stage it wasn’t in 'mint’ condition. It had been varnished over in an attempt to protect it I guess, but they had used like a tea coloured varnish which was a bit odd. Sad to see it’s been altered even further….but then that’s street art for ya!
Added the pic I took of it.
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