Yesterday I received an email from my mum, asking if I’d seen the latest Banksy which had apparently appeared on the wall of our local Poundland overnight. I instantly googled to find out more, inwardly cursing the fact she knew what was happening in my own neighbourhood before me!
We went down to take a look as it’s not every day modern art appears on the doorstep! The graffiti has been stencilled on the side wall of the shop just off Wood Green High Road. It features a small child at a sewing machine making bunting, some plastic union jack bunting has been attached. By the time we saw it, it had already been covered over with a sheet of perspex which trapped the bunting.
I’m usually embarrassed to admit I live in N22. It doesn’t have the best reputation. A couple of weeks ago there was a shooting outside the tube station, a stabbing at the local barber shop and we saw someone get mugged for their iPhone whilst we were on the bus. All within one week. It gets depressing opening the local paper and we can’t wait to move.
What ever the message of the work, and oh the delicious irony of painting it on a Poundland which imports all manner of foreign tat, thank you Banksy for giving the people of Wood Green something more interesting to talk about.