A mural painted by world-renowned street artist Banksy is to be removed from his home in Wales and taken to a safe place after attempts by ‘fanatics’ to damage the artwork, his son has said. owner.
Season’s Greetings, which depict a message about the impact of pollution on communities, appeared outside a steelworker’s private garage in Taibach, Port Talbot on December 19, 2018.
It was bought by art dealer John Brandler, who agreed to keep the piece in the South Wales town for three years, and the Welsh government then paid for it to be moved to an unoccupied store to Ty’r Orsaf so that it can be viewed by the Public.
On Tuesday, it will be transported to a temporary storage facility before being loaned to a cultural institution for public display until its long-term future is assured.
Mr Brandler said: “Since Season’s Greetings came out three years ago, fanatics have tried to destroy this amazing work of art.
“We are moving it to preserve it for future generations, where it can be seen and enjoyed, but not vandalized.”
The simulated Christmas scene, created using stencils and spray paint, features a dumpster fire next to a child with a sled trying to catch falling snow on his tongue.
The snow is actually black dust, a by-product of steel production, from the city’s steel mills, something that fell heavily in the summer of 2018.
Neath Port Talbot council said their attempts to keep the job in the town had failed and claimed that if he stayed he would have to pay Mr Brandler £100,000 a year to loan it to him.
In November 2021, council leader Ted Latham released a statement to “set the record straight” regarding the impending departure of Banksy’s mural.
Cllr Latham said he had been advised the work would be moved to an exhibition in Peterborough, adding: ‘Discussions have taken place about future arrangements and the possibility of the work remaining in Port Talbot, but council have been told he would have to meet the costs of moving and settling in a new location, continue to cover insurance and pay a royalty of around £100,000 a year for the loan of the work.
“It has been estimated that the cost of moving and relocating to another location (even without insurance to cover the moving operation) of Season’s Greetings would be around £50,000.”
Many have called it a ‘missed opportunity’ to revitalize the city, including actor Michael Sheen who grew up in Port Talbot and this month criticized the extraction of art from Wales to England .
The artwork will be removed in one piece after being encased in a specially designed protective shell by design and build company Egg Group.
The Banksy Preservation Society aims to raise funds through exclusive Banksy NFT Art drops to fund the preservation of Season’s Greetings and other artwork and ensure they will be displayed to the public in the future.