London law enforcement officials are really a bunch of sticks in the mud.
Prior to the start of the Olympic games, British Transport Police raided the homes of several graffiti artists and made arrests in an attempt to preempt any sort of street art shenanigans from going on in and around the Olympic venues in order to have a lily-white city to present to the world.
Now, police face a conundrum about whether or not to whitewash the street art of one of the city’s most renowned figures, graffiti artist Banksy.
Banksy, a street artist and Oscar-nominated documentarian, posted two new Olympic-themed artworks to his website. Since London officials have clamped down on graffiti before and during the Olympics and said they would power wash an graffiti as soon as it was discovered, it remains to be seen if they will erase Banksy’s valuable artwork.
In March, 18 pieces of Banksy’s artwork sold for $619,000 at a London auction. Some have argued that Banksy is a huge attraction to the city himself, since his incredible graffiti can pop up anywhere throughout the city.
So far, police have either failed to discover Banksy’s latest Olympic murals — or have thought better of it and decided not to erase them.