by Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Wednesday 25 July 2012

New work by the renowned street artist, Banksy, has recently appeared in London. His Olympic-themed work is called Hackney Welcomes the Olympics and Going for Mould, and both of these stencils are full of Bansky’s signature social commentary.

Unfortunately, London authorities are ridding the streets of graffiti in preparation for the London Olympics, so Bansky’s new work might not be up for long. The prospect of Banksy’s work being erased has caused a debate about what kind of graffiti is considered art. When Banksy’s work was painted over in 2007, it caused serious backlash from the public. Hopefully London authorities will see Bansky’s art as edifying, rather than destructive.