a-mural-in-bristol-said-t-001Undoubtedly encouraged by the $16 million tourist dollars brought in by the “Banksy Versus Bristol Museum” exhibition, the city plans to protect illegal paintings that the public votes to preserve. Before graffiti and street art is buffed, the City Council plans to post photos of the illicit art to its website for public comment. Except for “offensive and unsightly graffiti,” work that “[makes] a positive contribution to the local environment” will not be painted over.

It’s hoped that formalizing the policy will not only help the City Council avoid destroying sanctioned public art, but also possibly valuable vandalism. Not surprisingly, the proposed measure, which could enrage anti-Banksy activists, has drawn the ire of art critics, including one who believes “Banksy should have been put down at birth.” |Guardian|

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