Banksy collector John Brandler is scrapping his plans on opening up a street art museum in Port Talbot due to multiple conflicts with the local city council. The pièce de résistance of the planned art space would have been Banksy’s latest mural, “Season’s Greeting.”
“The whole thing has been a disaster from day one,” Brandler shared to Wales Online. Conflicts arose when the local city council denied his request for a bigger space for the supposed institution. On their end, the council assured that they’re still planning to open up the museum. However, they stressed that they haven’t received concrete plans that would merit a larger space. Apart from the Banksy mural, Brandler planned to include works from other street artists as well. They included My Dog Sighs, Pure Evil, and Blek le rat and many more.
Brandler already moved “Season’s Greetings” to Ty’r Orsaf, a former police station. The piece features a child sticking his tongue out to try to catch snowflakes, but unbeknownst to him, he was actually catching ashes from a dumpster fire just right behind him. Originally, Banksy painted this mural on the corner of a garage in Port Talbot. With it, he’s criticizing the city, known in the UK as the country’s most polluted area. The garage owner, Michael Lewis, eventually sold it to Brandler for an undisclosed six-figure price. Today, it has since garnered over 20,000 visitors from across the UK as well as tourists from different parts of the world.
Visitors can still see “Season’s Greetings” at Ty’r Orsaf, where it will stay for three years. Despite canceling plans for a museum for it, Brandler stated that he’ll still keep the artwork in the former police station as promised. It’s open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.
- Banksy’s Seasons Greetings Featured Image – Sputnik News.com
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- Banksy Mural – The National.ae