Banksy rat takes photos too.
Remember Banksy's balloon girl? She's been scrubbed.
Jubilee Walkway, Kings Reach, and Embankment, London. February 5th, 2005
On February 9th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Should I ever go back to my home town? The only thing I've seen recently that makes me want to is Banksy's art. Maybe I could kidnap him and bring him up here....
I'm going to have to google for him now, see what else he's been up to...
I like Banksy's birds which is a departure from stenciling, but I haven't seen any in person.
I saw Banksy at a small showing of a Saint Etienne film at the ICA a few years ago, from my understanding he can be quite elusive so you might have your work cut out for you if you try this kidnapping plot. ;)
Glad to see that some of the Bankside Rats have survived. An awful lot were lost early last year and that really is a damned shame. Last time I looked there was also one to be found on the steps of London Bridge leading up from the robot bar.
Did you know the locations of the art or did you stumble upon them by chance? I'm in London in April and would love to look around for some. That looks like a great walk.. I'm very interested in the route :)
I don't suppose you've ever seen any of the designs on t-shirts have you? I'd love to buy some.
I sometimes work in the Bankside area and as a result walk around there quite a lot. I came across the rats entirely by chance however, but loved them at first sight. I suppose the council classes them as graffiti but I think they're exactly the sort of cheeky fun that the area needs.
Finding them has always been a matter of keeping your eyes open and looking around. As far as I'm aware they are all in the area between London Bridge and Waterloo Bridge on the South side of the Thames. With the Oxo Tower, Tate Modern, Globe theatre, Golden Hind, Clink prison and various other attractions its a pretty fascinating place to stroll through.
thanks for posting these. i took the same walk, in 1997, and took photos of many of the same architectural details. the dragon (natch) and the fish lampposts were especial favorites. :) seriously. i should share them with you sometime!
It's a pretty well-travelled part of London. We walked through on our way back home from Borough Market (I was with a group of people so I wasn't able to spend as long taking some shots as I would have liked). You probably know this, but that dragon sigifies that you're leaving or entering the City (London's financial centre). Please do share your photos sometime, I'd love to see them. :)
yes, very well-traveled with the added benefit of actually being a nice slice of the city's history and gorgeous (in that dirty london street scene sort of way) at the same time! yes, i did know the dragon was the gateway to the official city (isn't it just one mile square or something?); always thought he made a nice little gatekeeper. ;)
if i ever do get a chance to scan those photos, i will share. it would be a nice trip down memory lane. if only banksy were around when i lived there! i love the photos you post of his artwork. i can't imagine how he makes such intricate stencil work without being caught. seems like the level of detail he gets would be very time-consuming!
You'd be surprised. Most of the work on stencil graffiti is in making the stencil. After that, it's a case of sticking it against a wall and spraying which is probably why Banksy chose to do it like this. No long periods of standing around waiting to get caught or carrying lots of paints.
I know what you mean, I'm very nomadic myself and have a hard time staying in one place for long. It is gorgeous architecture, but very masculine. Lately I've been pining for the more curved and feminine architecture of mainland Europe (well, barring Germany which is also very masculine).