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New App Provides Banksy London Tour

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iOS app released, allowing users to take a virtual tour of all of the known and surviving London works by Banksy

App developers Gravitywell have just released an exciting new product for Banksy fans in London. ‘Banksy London Tour’ is the follow-up app to the extremely popular ‘Banksy Bristol Tour’, and contains interactive maps to Banksy graffiti locations in London, as well as locally researched and comprehensive details of each artwork. There are twenty-six locations with 51 photos included, allowing users to take a virtual tour of all of the known and surviving London works by Banksy, with experts at LDNGraffiti having written detailed histories on each piece, a guide to lost works, and LIVE Banksy updates. 

With a 5 star rating already, and #4 in among the New and Noteworthy, this app is for those ‘big Banksy fans’: ‘most people can’t drive around the UK looking for a Banksy painting’, but this ‘carefully researched and detailed application, chock full of information, lets you learn lots more about this artist’s work, and maybe even become an expert on the subject’. ‘So many pieces have already been lost, painted over or otherwise covered up forever. Time is of the essence for capturing and viewing what’s left’.

Banksy is a UK-based graffiti artist who is famed internationally for his signature stencil street art style, and the mystery surrounding his true identity. He began in Bristol, his home city, and now his art can be seen on buildings all around the world. Banksy's works are often humorous and based on current issues. Some of his works have sold for tens of thousands of pounds. And his artwork sales have attracted Hollywood celebrities too – Christina Aguilera, for example, bought an original of Queen Victoria as a lesbian and two prints for £25,000.

Banksy's work typically includes satirical social and political commentary, and ranges from murals to sculpture and installation, often playing with the contextual aspects of the work. He also recently designed a 3 dimensional adaptation of a Monopoly Board with Mr Moneybags portrayed as a down and out panhandler. There are large scale models of playing pieces, including a sports car (to represent bankers) and a red plastic house with a Tox tag sprayed onto it. This is a reference to the jailed London Graffiti artist TOX and also a visual play on the toxic morgages that kick started the current recession. The work of art is has already become a tourist attraction. 

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