Covered-up Banksy art to be restored and relocated

Banksy artwork in Gorleston

The painting which depicted a drunk man propelling a child into the air in a rubber dinghy, was quickly covered up by Great Yarmouth Borough Council (GYBC). - Credit: Banksy

Plans are under way to restore and relocate a Banksy artwork in Gorleston which had been swiftly covered up for reasons of sensitivity.

The painting, which depicted a drunk man propelling a child into the air in a rubber dinghy, was covered up by Great Yarmouth Borough Council (GYBC) because it was close to the spot where three-year-old Ava-May Littleboy died in 2018 after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline.

At a Monday meeting of GYBC’s economic development committee, Trevor Wainwright, leader of the council’s Labour opposition, asked whether the “valuable” piece of art could be brought “back to life” at a less sensitive location.

A council officer responded: “We have commissioned a conservator. 

“They’ve already visited the site to have a look at how to fully restore and reclaim the painting."

The officer said the restoration was currently being costed. 

She added: “We do believe it would be worthwhile taking it off the wall and conserving it and putting it on show in a public gallery somewhere.”

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