Czech Graffiti

Here are some photos of great Czech Graffiti in the park.

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Tunnel becomes Banksy art exhibit

The BBC wrote today:

A disused road tunnel in south London has been turned into a giant exhibition space by graffiti artist Banksy.

Murals in the Bristol artist’s famous stencil style appear with work by 29 other artists in a half-mile stretch of the tunnel in Leake Street, Waterloo.

Images of Madonna kissing Britney Spears and a hoodie appear alongside installations of crashed cars.

People can add their own stencil work to the tunnel walls in a three-day exhibition, opening on Saturday.

Reclusive artist Banksy kept the tunnel’s location secret until Friday morning.

‘Filth pit’

He said the exhibition, known as the Cans Festival, aimed to “transform a dark forgotten filth pit” into “an oasis of beautiful art”.

“I’ve always felt anyone with a paint can should have as much say in how our cities look as architects and ad men,” Banksy said.

The installations will be removed after the event but Banksy said he hoped the murals and graffiti would become permanent part of the tunnel.

They also include images of a girl holding flowers, London Bridge, the Queen and Boris Johnson.

An installation depicts a burnt-out car crashed into a tree while another stencil spells out: “Hey Banksy – why don’t you return my emails?”

In recent years his work has grown in popularity, with Brad Pitt and Christina Aguilera listed among celebrity collectors.

In January a piece of his graffiti in Portobello Road, west London – which shows a painter finishing off the word “Banksy” – attracted a bid of £208,100 in an online auction.

Banksy wall could fetch £200,000

A businessman is hoping to make over £200,000 by selling a wall which was painted on by graffiti artist Banksy.

Banksy painting on the Portobello Road

The Banksy artwork was painted in daylight behind a screen

 The graffiti, on the side of a media production firm’s base on west London’s Portobello Road, shows a painter finishing off the word “Banksy”.

Company owner Luti Fagbenle covered it with plastic and put the wall on an internet auction site.

“I wanted to keep it, but maintaining it against the weather became a full time job,” he said.

Scaffolding appeared one Sunday morning in September outside Mr Fagbenle post-production editing company, while the Portobello market was open.

The “engineers” refused to say what it was for. A few hours later the scaffolding was removed, revealing Banksy’s work.

Painting of Israeli soldier being frisked by a girl

Banksy painted on and around the Israeli security wall last year

The reclusive artist has refused to comment on the sale, but a representative has confirmed it is genuine.

His work has grown in popularity. Brad Pitt and Christina Aguilera are among celebrity collectors.

Last year one of his works, Space Girl and Bird, sold for £288,000.

Bobby Read, art expert at specialist insurer Hiscox, said: “This sale confirms Banksy as a modern-day cross between Michelangelo and the Scarlet Pimpernel.

“2008 starts where 2007 left off with Banksy making headlines.”

The eBay sale has received 67 bids so far, with the top bid at over £200,000.