Banksy artwork in Marble Arch will remain on show to the public, after a new protective casing was installed by Westminster City Council.
Following expert advice, the council has installed a permanent polycarbonate case to preserve the image so that residents and visitors to the city can continue to enjoy seeing it for free. The decision was taken after consulting art conservationists.
Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Sports, Culture and Community, Cllr Iain Bott, said:
“Our priority has always been making sure this street art remains in public view for our visitors to enjoy. We want Westminster to be an exciting, vibrant place to be and are fortunate to have so many famous statues, landmarks and artworks on our streets – this piece is a welcome addition.
“Banksy’s work generates so much excitement and attention, sadly some of that attention isn’t positive – so we needed to take steps to protect and preserve it for the future.”
The climate change themed artwork appeared next to Marble Arch during the Extinction Rebellion protests in April this year attracting global attention. The council had previously promised to leave the Banksy on view as a daily reminder of the risks of climate change.