Spy Booth was an artwork by Banksy in Cheltenham, England.[1] The piece has been seen as a critique of the global surveillance disclosures of 2013.[2]

In 2014, Robin Barton and Bankrobber London helped with the preservation of the artwork,[3] and attempted to broker the removal and sale of the piece. However the artwork was painted onto a Grade II listed building - 153-159 Fairview Road - and the council prevented it from being removed, giving it retrospective listed building consent in 2015 and affording it some protection from removal. Despite this, the artwork was either removed or destroyed in August 2016.[4]

The GCHQ has used the picture on its website as a symbolic image for its "what we do" page.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Fears Banksy Cheltenham 'spies' artwork will be removed". BBC News Online. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. ^ Steven Morris (June 10, 2014). "Banksy confirms he is creator of Spy Booth wall art near GCHQ". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Cheltenham Banksy: Deal to save it 'close to agreement'". BBC News Online. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-37148473
  5. ^ "What we do". 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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