A mural titled “Valentine’s day mascara” appeared on a wall in Margate on Valentines day morning and it’s been confirmed as the work of the anonymous street artist, Bansky.
The artwork shows a 1950s housewife with a swollen eye and missing tooth, doing what looks like pushing a man in a freezer. Many are suggesting Banksy is referencing fighting violence against women.
However, the broken freezer the man’s being pushed into, an integral part of the work, was removed only a few hours after the artist confirmed it was his work.
The resident of the property where the painting was created, told BBC news: “I’m absolutely upset… It was part of the art, they should be very happy because Margate could get bigger attention, positive attention.”
Speculation suggests it was the Thanet District Councils work having part of the artwork removed, but nothing’s been confirmed as of yet.
Banksy previously created artwork for Valentines Day, including a piece in Bristol three years ago, the home city of the artist who’s identify is till a mystery.
Back in December 2022, Banksy also created 50 screenprints to be sold to raise funds for a charity supporting the people of Ukraine.
Many on social media are less than thrilled about the spoiling of Banksy’s artwork and seem to have accused the council for removing the freezer.
That bloody fridge would have been there for weeks if it wasn't in front of a piece of art so typical. Banksy doing more for domestic violence causes in 10 mins than 10 years of government. #domesticviolence #banksy #art #streetart #Margate #urbanart #streetart #artwork @banksy https://t.co/WCnxqs0Jku— Indie, britpop and rock art by Paul Halmshaw. (@JanetHalmshaw) February 14, 2023