A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
A new artwork by graffiti artist Banksy appeared overnight on May 13/14 2012.
It is on the wall of the PoundLand shop on the corner of Wood Green High Road and Whymark Avenue at the Turnpike Lane end of the High Road.
The artwork depicts a young boy - Asian in appearance - barefoot and hunched over a sewing machine. A small pipe on the wall is used to attach a string of cheap plastic Union Flag bunting.
Photo by Luke Giles
The Bunting was earlier fixed along the wall - but has become detached.
Looks like a comment on the upcoming Jubilee celebrations, maybe a reference to the London 2012 Olympics. Its siting on the wall of Poundland in Wood Green High Street may have a resonance with the street disturbances and looting of last summer?
What do you think of the work?
I am a big fan of Banksy and so are my kids. I think we are lucky to have this in WG and hope it will be protected. It's really clever, hard-hitting and poignant.
It's an excellent one!
Also, it's going down terrifically well on our Facebook page!
And I wrestled it into a post on londonist, linking up here, so I hope we get lots of new hits today!
Thanks for spotting and being so prompt posting, Richard!
This is brilliant - and very smart placement- The Poundland chain were criticised a couple of years ago for purchasing stock from a supplier who used child labour in a sweat shop in India. That and the Jubilee flags make it a very site-specific and time-specific artistic commentary.
There has been some online debate about it's authenticity - but on his own website Banksy claims it as a genuine original.
Well done for getting your photo on the Telegraph web site, er, Richard?
Well spotted sir! A terse exchange on e-mail has resulted in the correct attribution - and financial recompense for the photographer.
Stencil and mixed media Banksy's are unusual I think. I like it a lot. I spoke with a photographer who said the bunting had gone but he'd got a new one in Poundland, bet they'll have a run on those now. I wonder if Mr Banksy will reimburse the kind man? lol
Like it that people care and look after public artworks. Heard today the building owner protected it with a sheet of plexiglass.
Well that didn't last long!
Overnight the section of the Poundland shop wall containing the Banksy artwork - was chopped out of the building. This morning workmen were finishing rebuilding and rendering the gap - local information has it that the building owner has removed the artwork "to keep it safe".
It's a shame it has gone - with the "Envision Peace" artwork by acclaimed US graphic designer and illustrator Frank Shepard Fairey around the corner in Turnpike Lane - We were building reputation for street art locally