Thanks to the good people behind the excellent Bristol Graffiti Map for this idea. As mentioned yesterday, PRSC took a poll of people nearby and walking past before deciding to clean the splashed paint off the Mild Mild West Banksy. They’re not keen to see it protected against future attack though.
There’s been a fair old debate online about it at the same time though, and Stokes Croft is used by thousands of people passing through into the city, or heading down there only at weekends.
So, good people of the internet, what do you think? Do you think the piece is just like any other graf work, and should be allowed to die and be replaced over time? Or do you think that it’s a piece of such importance and popularity (it’s the last example of a Banksy freehand piece outdoors anywhere as far as this blog knows) that it should be protected from future attack?
Don’t forget that the long term plan is to put up a building around it anyway to protect it long term, so protecting it now would only be a short term thing anyway.