Banksy mural depicting a housewife pushing her abusive husband into a freezer is carefully carved away from the wall it was painted on and carried by mechanical digger to an art conservator
- ‘Valentine’s Day Mascara’ shows woman pushing abusive husband into freezer
- The entire wall was removed from side of the house in Margate on Thursday
- Thought to be worth millions, it was delicately removed with a huge digger
A Banksy artwork which appeared on the side of a terraced house last month has now been carefully cut from the wall and removed by a mechanical digger.
Dubbed ‘The Valentine’s Day Mascara’, the mural at a property in Margate, Kent depicts a 1950s-style housewife pushing her abusive husband into a discarded freezer.
The entire wall containing the mural – which appeared on February 14 – was removed from the side of the house on Thursday, leaving part of the home’s interior exposed with a huge chunk missing.
Banksy had confirmed the work was his on Instagram.
The building was held safely in a tailor-made frame and the artwork – thought to be worth millions – was delicately taken away using a mechanical digger.
The entire wall containing the mural was removed from the side of the house in the popular seaside Kent town on Thursday
The building was held safely in a tailor-made wooden frame and the artwork – thought to be worth millions – was delicately taken away using a mechanical digger
Dubbed ‘The Valentine’s Day Mascara’, the mural depicts a 1950s-style housewife pushing her abusive husband into a discarded freezer. It appeared on the wall of the property on Valentine’s Day – with Banksy confirming it was his on Instagram
After removal, the piece will be placed between two steel sheets and taken to a conservationist in nearby Faversham.
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A team will make the art stable and safe, then design a stand before transporting it back to Margate to its new home at Dreamland.
London-based Red Eight Gallery, who removed freezer last month in a bid to save it, is dealing with the high-value work.
Contractors for the gallery were seen using a forklift truck to remove the wall which holds the piece of art – almost seven weeks after the saga began.
Its removal is the last step of an ‘intricate’ process they have been working on to keep the mural safe.
The operation involved propping the house up while the piece was cut out and removed, ahead of its relocation to Dreamland where it will be available for public viewing.
Julian Usher, chief executive of Red Eight Gallery, said: ‘It will be in Dreamland for at least 12 months, but we are trying to keep it in there for three years.
‘There has been a lot of interest in the work from many different parties.’
The piece has been taken to an art conservator and will then be transported back to just 300 metres from its original home – where it will be placed in the Dreamland theme park at Margate and displayed for the next 12 months.
After removal, the piece will be placed between two steel sheets and taken to a conservationist in nearby Faversham
When the entire wall was removed it left the inside of the home exposed with a huge chunk missing
The homeowner made it clear they wanted the artwork to remain in the area to allow local people to enjoy the piece.
The mural is owned by the London-based Red Eight Galleries.
The appearance of the Banksy piece sparked a lengthy saga, with hordes flocking to the unassuming residential street.
It has had a controversial history, with Thanet council workers repeatedly removing the freezer from the mural for safety reasons – but the piece now looks set to have a happy ending.
The value of the piece can not be confirmed yet but is estimated to be worth several million pounds.
The appearance of the Banksy piece sparked a lengthy saga, with hordes flocking to the unassuming residential street
Polla Maria Oberscziam, who lives in the building, stands in her doorway. The value of the piece can not be confirmed yet but is estimated to be worth several million pounds
A statement from Red Eight Gallery and Dreamland Margate said: ‘Banksy’s artwork Valentine’s Day Mascara has today been removed from its original location by a skilled team of professionals and taken to an art conservator in Faversham.
‘There it will be prepared for its eventual installation at Dreamland Margate where it will be on display for the public to see.
‘The date of the unveiling at Dreamland will be announced in due course.
‘Julian Usher from Red Eight Gallery and Eddie Kemsley from Dreamland are delighted that they have been able to help the artwork’s current owner achieve their dreams for it and look forward to revealing it in its new home at Dreamland.’
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