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Council in talks to remove Banksy-style graffiti murals

The mural of King Kong on top of The Stump has been used on a postcard for sale in the Stump shop.

The mural of King Kong on top of The Stump has been used on a postcard for sale in the Stump shop.

 

The spate of graffiti art murals in Boston could be coming to an end - with the council now in talks to remove them.

For the last two weeks, spray-painted murals inspired by street artist Banksy has been appearing on walls across the town.

These include the image of King Kong on top of the Stump, moonwalking stormtroopers and a soldier firing butterflies out a gun.

They were all created by an artist calling himself ‘The Key’.

Speaking to The Standard this morning, Coun Derek Richamond, portfolio holder for the town centre, said: “We will probably have to remove them as they are sending out the wrong message.

“I admire the artist who produced these pieces and it’s a shame as the Stump and stormtroopers ones are of quality, but the concern is we will have people come along who aren’t very good sticking up graffiti around the place.

“We can’t keep getting more of this sort of thing as it degrades the town. Boston is a historic town and we need to keep it that way.”

Both the Stump mural in Wormgate and the stormtrooper in Dolphin Lane are on the sides of private properties - but Coun Richmond says the council has not yet been in contact with the owners of the buildings about removing them.

“We haven’t spoken to them yet,” he added, “But they are in public view so I think we have to act.”

Other Banksy-style pieces have appeared in the town by an artist going by the name ‘Mr E’ - but these were painted on removeable wooden boards, not walls.

 

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