Image of graffiti, definitely not art by lindseymclarke
Hackney council maintains that the stencil showing a spoof Royal Family is graffiti and needs to be eradicated. Locals argue that is art that attracts hundreds of visitors, cheers them up and is undeniably more interesting than the flat black that now covers the wall. While Stoke Newington mourns the loss of its Banksy, the artwork / act of vandalism on Essex Road has been refreshed and covered with protective Perspex to preserve it. One council’s public art heaven is another council’s public nuisance hell and yet more fuel is heaped on the ‘but is it art?' debate.