A new Banksy has appeared on a wall in Kent, in time for the Folkestone Triennial, which was launched last month. The mural depicts a mature woman staring at an empty plinth, shaped like a classical Corinthian column, whilst listening to a recorded tour. The most notable thing about the painting is that the background has been greyed out by the council. This is no doubt a comment on the destruction of many pieces of street art including Banksy’s own creations.
Banksy has confirmed that the work was one of his own. He posted images of the mural on his website. The locals have dubbed the work ‘Art Buff’ A spokesman for Shepway District Council told the Folkstone Herald, “Council officers are on the scene putting some protection up for the artwork Banksy has done for Folkestone so that everyone will get an opportunity to take a look.” Kent News later reported that Council workers covered the work with a sealed, clear plastic sheet, a method that has been used to successfully preserve Banksy murals in other towns and cities.
Cabinet member for communities Jenny Hollingsbee, informed the Kent News “This is a tremendous opportunity for the people of Folkestone to see a Banksy original. We are proud to be able to play a part in ensuring as many residents and visitors as possible will be able to appreciate the work. It is another reason to be proud of Folkestone.”