Banksy Artwork Stolen
Work by the posthumous Banksy that was painted on a door of the Bataclan theater in Paris was stolen on Friday night. The artwork paid tribute to the 90 people that were killed during a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in November 2015. According to BBC, “a group of hooded individuals armed with angle grinders” ostensibly sliced through the door and took the artwork away on a truck. The suspects are still at large.
After the theft occured, the Bataclan venue tweeted: “We are today filled with a deep sense of indignation… Banksy’s work, a symbol of recollection and belonging to all: locals, Parisians, citizens of the world, has been taken from us.”
Last June, Banksy’sTrolley Hunters print was robbed from the site of a Toronto exhibition of Banksy’s work. The unfortunate and ironic truth about the work of famed street artists is that while it represents an active stance against the system and its corruption, it’s popularity eventually fuels the system it hopes to stand against in the form of theft, capitalism and greed.