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Graffiti Artist Sneaks His Work Into Tate

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Friday 17th October 2003

A renowned graffiti artist managed to slip into one of Britain's best known galleries and stick one of his own works on the wall.

Banksy, best known for creating the sleeve of the latest Blur album, glued his painting to the wall of Tate Britain and it was only discovered when it crashed to the floor hours later.

The work has now been placed in the London gallery's lost property section.

Banksy keeps his real identity secret for fear of prosecution after spray-painting numerous sites with his witty works.

He visited Tate Britain in prosthetic make-up to make him look elderly.

The artist then took his framed painting out of a bag, a rural scene which had an image of police tape stencilled on to it, and stuck it on the wall unchallenged. A card next to it read: "Banksy 1975. Crimewatch UK Has Ruined The Countryside For All Of Us. 2003. Oil On Canvas."

The caption said Banksy's work is "inspired by cannabis resin and daytime television".

It added: "The artist has found an unsigned oil painting and then stencilled police incident tape over the top. He argues that ruining the work in this way reflects how our nation has been vandalised by an obsession with crime and paedophilia.

"Any visit to a secluded beauty spot now feels like it may result in being molested or finding discarded body parts. Presented by the artist personally in 2003."

Many of Banksy's artworks have been sprayed on the walls and pavements of the Shoreditch area of London. They have included a large work poking fun at police - right next to a police station.

Bongme

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artist managed to slip into one of Britain's best known galleries and stick one of his own works on the wall.

~BaNkSy RoCkS~

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banksy.co.uk (for those that are interested)

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lmfao well played to the guy. THATS art! better than choppin a cow in two.

(Damien Hurst went to the same high school as me, my art teacher threw out his work cos he thought he was a twat..... pitty, worth a penny or two now)

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