The local council in Clacton-on-Sea has removed a new Banksy piece which takes a satirical stab at views on immigration after receiving a complaint deeming the artwork as “offensive”. The stencilled work depicts a group of grey pigeons holding up signs including one stating, “migrants not welcome” which are aimed at a single more colourful, exotic bird.
The location of the mural is significant as a by-election is due to take place in Clacton-on-Sea following the local MP’s defection to the UKIP party. The local council, who painted over the artwork, said they did not know it was a genuine Banksy. By the time Banksy had posted photos of the new work on his website it had already been removed much to the dismay of locals and fans of the artist.
This is not the first new Banksy work to surface this week. The elusive maestro was also busy in Folkestone, Kent. A a site along the coast he painted the mural “Art Buff” which shows an elderly woman staring at an empty plinth. On his website Banksy stated that the new painting was “part of the Folkestone Triennial. Kind Of...”. Plastic sheeting has been placed over the work and Shepway council said it was working with the owner of the building to ensure that it remains undamaged, unlike his other new painting. The triennial is a two-month long showcase of art in the Kent town, which has previously attracted the likes of Jeremy Deller, Martin Creed and Tracey Emin.
Seaside towns seem to be Banksy’s port of call right now, we can only hope the artist pays a visit to Brighton in the future!