Window cleaner saves defaced Banksy on Hull bridge as council steps in

first_img“For all the idiots like the one trying to ruin the Banksy there is 1000s of good people in this city who want the best for each other. Top work and I hope the council show their gratitude for this selfless act!”‎Andie Toft Cropper‎ wrote: “Earlier this evening I got so disillusioned with things that were being said about Hull – all because of the actions of some mindless idiots.“But then Jason Fanthorpe saves the day and demonstrates just what it is about Hull that will always put it head and shoulders above all other cities- in the face of adversity we join together and fight back.”Zarah Thompson added: “It’s faded now … but at least it’s been saved, rather have a faded Banksy than no Banksy at all.” Caroline Ullyart posted: “The city council really need to explain how this has happened.. it’s not impossible to have protected it … it’s jaw-dropping.”“How slow was Hull City Council here?” commented another. “Worth hundreds of thousands of pounds as an art piece … worth millions as a tourist attraction!”Sarah Rennard wrote the episode was “embarrassing for our city”.Others praised Mr Fanthorpe’s actions, Dave Kew wrote: “Thanks Jason! My faith in the people of Hull has restored. This is what being from Hull is about; pride, acts of kindness and sticking together. Hull City Council said staff would be on site this morning “applying a protective layer to the artwork to prevent further damage”.“This temporary measure will help to ensure that the public can continue to enjoy the work and prevent, where possible, further damage,” they added.The council had faced an online backlash from some local residents on the One Hull Of A City Facebook community page who accused them of failing to protect the artwork . Conservative councillor John Abbott had earlier called for the Banksy to be removed, arguing it did not compare with “real art” in the city’s Ferens Art Gallery.“I think that should be cleaned off,” he said. “It should be photographed and the photograph kept because Banksy is not without talent,” he said.The meaning of the artwork has been debated, with fans suggesting it could be a commentary on Britain’s decision to leave the EU or Hull being named the UK’s City of Culture for 2017.Banksy’s most iconic works of art -what happened to them next? A window cleaner has helped save a new mural by enigmatic street artist Banksy on a bridge in Hull after it was defaced on Sunday night.Jason Fanthorpe was getting ready for bed when he saw reports the stencilled design – of a child carrying a wooden sword with a pencil attached to the end – had been whitewashed.He headed straight to the disused Scott Street bridge with ladders and cleaning products, using water and white spirit to clean off the white paint. “I was angry, outraged,” he told The Telegraph. “Love it or hate it, there’s no need to deface it. That art was gifted to the city, it was drawing crowds in from all over.”He initially attempted to use water “tentatively on one corner” to shift the paint but found it was ineffective. “So I tried the white spirit I’d brought along. That brought it off OK, it was magic seeing the art appear from underneath,” he explains.“I just thought that I’d go to help because the paint might be still wet. There were already people there wanting to do something but I had the ladders.”The 46-year-old said he was “extremely proud” Banksy chose Hull for his latest artwork, adding: “It was great to see people talking so much about art, and flocking to see it.center_img “Our community is not represented by mindless acts of vandalism, it’s more accurately represented by the response to such acts, which in this case was overwhelmingly positive. “I hope that whoever daubed over the Banksy will realise the upset they have caused but also eventually come to appreciate art and become more productively involved in society.”The artwork – which appears alongside the text ‘draw the raised bridge!’ in white capital letters – appeared on the River Hull bridge on 25 January. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The “Banksy” has been defaced/erased according to the @onehullofacity facebook page. #Hull pic.twitter.com/3AMGvD8hjY— David Burns (@bbcburnsy) January 28, 2018last_img