Banksy artwork that has been dismantled twice moved to theme park

Banksy artwork that has been dismantled twice in three days will be moved to Margate’s Dreamland theme park: Valentine’s Day mural that includes fly-tipped fridge freezer will now go on permanent display

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Banksy’s Valentine’s Day artwork depicting themes of domestic abuse will be relocated to a theme park after being dismantled numerous times.

The mural, titled Valentine’s Day Mascara, first appeared in Margate, Kent, this week before it was removed by the local council due to ‘health and safety reasons’.

It shows a 1950s housewife wearing a blue pinny and yellow washing-up gloves with a swollen eye and a missing tooth seemingly shoving her male partner into a chest freezer. 

The artwork will now be moved to Margate’s Dreamland theme park after the real-life freezer incorporated within the piece was removed twice in the days after it was discovered.

Red Eight Gallery are currently in contact with civil engineers and building contractors to find a safe way to remove and preserve the piece.

The latest mural by Banksy, titled Valentine’s Day Mascara, depicts a 1950s housewife seemingly shoving her male partner into a freezer

Margate’s Dreamland theme park will now display the artwork

The park announced that it wants the piece to remain ‘accessible to all those who want to come and enjoy it’.

A statement shared by Dreamland Margate on Twitter said: ‘We’re thrilled to have been asked to host Margate’s Banksy, enabling the artwork to remain in the town and accessible to all those who want to come and enjoy it for the foreseeable future.

‘When everything has been finalised we’ll let you all know.’

Reflecting on the impact of the artwork, the chief executive of Dreamland Margate, Eddie Kemsley, said: ‘The arrival of Banksy’s latest artwork in Margate has caused a real stir.

‘Everyone in the town is really excited that he has chosen Margate as the location for his latest work, and the fact that he is highlighting such an important issue only makes it more important.

‘Imagine our surprise when here at Dreamland we got a call asking if we would be able to host the artwork. We jumped at the chance to help ensure that the piece could remain accessible and within the community.’

Ms Kemsley added they will be working with a team of qualified experts to find a suitable location at Dreamland for the artwork.

But she feels the amusement park is in a ‘perfect position’ as the venue is free to enter and so during opening hours ‘the artwork will be accessible to anyone that wants to come and enjoy it.’

Banksy’s artwork drew quite the crowd as people gathered to take photographs

A protective cover is put over the mural to prevent people damaging it 

On Tuesday, the artwork had its chest freezer, broken garden chair, blue crate and empty beer bottle taken away by a local council ‘on the grounds of safety’.

All the pieces were subsequently returned by Thanet District Council, who said on Wednesday it was in contact with the property owner to discuss ways to preserve the piece.

READ MORE: Council REMOVES part of Banksy’s Valentine’s Day masterpiece ‘for health and safety reasons’

However, on Thursday, The Red Eight Gallery in London removed the freezer for a second time and said it was now in storage with permission from the homeowner, before a permanent home can be found for the entire work.

The chief executive of the gallery, Julian Usher, previously said that the homeowner stipulated that they wished for a local charity supporting prevention of domestic abuse against women to benefit, along with the piece being used to raise awareness in Margate and nationally.

The chief executive of Dreamland Margate also said they were ‘100% behind’ the owner’s aim for the piece to raise money for the local charity Oasis, which supports those that have been affected by domestic abuse.

She added: ‘We will assist the owner of the artwork and Red Eight Gallery on the logistics of how, when and where the piece will be moved and when everything has been finalised, further details will be announced.’

The elusive street artist confirmed they were behind the artwork by sharing a series of photos of the piece on their Instagram account on Tuesday.

Following the artwork originally being dismantled, North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale, whose constituency includes Margate, said: ‘I think it’s an extremely impressive and extremely clever piece of art.

‘And I hope and believe that it can and it should be preserved and displayed safely so that as many people as possible can see it.’

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