Is titled Morning is Broken, and Banksy, the mysterious and highly quoted faceless British artist, has claimed paternity via Instagram. The mural, a technique used by the world’s most famous graffiti artist, made its appearance on March 15 on the walled-up window of an old abandoned farm in Herne Bay, in the Kent, in the south of England. It represents the silhouettes of a child and his cat who – presumably – are enjoying the first light of the morning sun from their bedroom, opening the shaped metal curtains.
This is the second work self-certified by Banksy this year through his official account, after the one unveiled for Valentine’s Day, entitled Mascara. To make it exceptional Morning is Broken is the fact that the farm has already been – as amply foreseen, even by the author himself, who only made public his authorship after the fact – demolished.
A social denunciation, with a strong intimist accent, by the Bristol artist against social abandonment, destined to disappear forever. According to a photograph still published on Banksy’s account, in fact, the mural would not have been saved from the demolition work, as was the precise intention of the artist. A monument to the transience of art? Perhaps. But the very concept of a limited-time work of art, in an ephemeral age like ours, reveals a power destined – yes – to remain over time.
George Caudwell, one of the people responsible for the demolition of the building, once he discovered what Banksy declared, understandably confessed: «It made me feel bad to hear about it later, we were all shocked».
It is not the first time that the artist has been responsible for the destruction of one of his artistic creations: many will remember his Girl with Balloona drawing auctioned by Sotheby’s in 2018 and cut into strips by a mechanical and hidden letter opener, immediately after being sold for 1.2 million euros, to then change its name to Love is in the Bin (and be resold three years later for more than £18m). Brilliant.
Source: Vanity Fair
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