We often hear in the news these days about government surveillance so I guess it was inevitable this would become the subject of one of Banksy's works of street art at some point. The fact that he chose to create it in Cheltenham, home of GCHQ, was very appropriate but I when I finally saw it with my own eyes today I discovered how a form of surveillance, albeit rather less premeditated, saved it from destruction. When I turned up early this evening there was still a steady stream of visitors to this quiet street corner, even now, a month after it was painted. I had to wait a few minutes for my opportunity to photograph it and while I did so I got chatting to a local lady who was there with some friends. She told me that some vandals had daubed the artwork with white paint just days after Banksy first created it. Fortunately they were spotted by folks in a nearby pub who leapt into action and managed to remove the paint before it dried. I couldn't help but think this is the sort of surveillance, for the good, that we could do with more of sometimes!
by Helen Hooker May. 10, 2014 3354 views