Monthly archives: December, 2011

Cardinal Sin

With no trip to Liverpool planned at the moment I’ve needed to rely on this stock photo from the Banksy website but here is ‘Cardinal Sin’ now installed in the cities Walker Art Gallery. The sculpture (a replica) has had its face sawn off and replaced with tiles giving the impression of a pixelated face to hide the identity of what we can assume is an child abuser. Banksy gave a few lines to accompany the sculpture which according to the BBC seems to be an indefinite loan to the gallery.

“I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one.

“I love everything about the Walker Gallery – the Old Masters, the contemporary art, the rude girl in the cafe. And when I found out Mr Walker built it with beer money, it became my favourite gallery”.

Banksy continues to explain more about the statue “The statue? I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year its easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse”.

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Banksy – New Works has a series of new works on display right now which pretty much confirm some recent rumours and in one instance tackle head on some of the more ridiculous talk about his tit for tat feud with Robbo.

Starting with one of the most recent pieces this seems to have turned up near the Blackwall Tunnel in recent days.



Situated on the side of the empty shell of a building it seems luxury living in easy travelling distance of Canary Wharf has been put on hold.

This ones already attracted a lot of interest. In the heart of London’s Mayfair a well off woman plummets down the side of another empty building with her trolley spilling the trappings of  her lifestyle.


Banksy has been busy elsewhere too. A couple of biplane skywriting pieces have also appeared. Whilst the one in Wapping has already been removed the pick of the two has to be the one in Liverpool which is still there. Thanks to regular Art Of The State reader Darren here’s a couple of great pictures to show you.


Finally its worth checking Banksy’s newly updated frequently asked questions section which includes his version of events regarding the Robbo feud. Rumours always carry more weight than facts and whatever you may think of Banksy or Robbo the bottom line is that Robbo remains in a serious condition and Banksy has responded by leaving this sketchy outline in Robbo’s old spot presumably in the hope that he recovers and comes back to finally reclaim this spot.