23rd June 2016 was a shit day for most of us Brits as this was the day that marked the UK’s decision to leave the E.U and thus officially creating Brexit.
Anyway, the Brexit-inspired mural appeared on the wall of the derelict Castle Amusements building in Dover back in May this year, around the time of the general election, in which the Tories remained in power. Fucking politics.
To highlight the state of what is currently happening in the United Kingdom, the piece depicts a worker chiselling away a star from the European Union flag, oh the irony. The beautiful thing about this piece is not only its representation of the UK leaving the E.U, but also the fact that the building itself is actually cracking right underneath the worker and his chisel. A nice and subtle double meaning behind this masterpiece.
Today I took the journey from London to Dover to see the work for myself. Getting to Dover from St Prancas International is a straight forward journey and it will set you back about £40 for a return fare.
From St Pancras, you can either get a direct train into Dover Priory, otherwise you have to change at Ashford Int. The journey takes about 1 hour 40 minutes so it’s not too bad.
Once you get into Dover the Banksy is about a 12 minute walk from the station. Like most seaside towns in the country the place feels a bit run down and in need of some TLC. That said, it is rather picturesque down in Dover, so if you make the journey there leave yourself some time for a bit of a wonder around.
In the town centre there’s some nice old buildings – if you like that sort of thing – and in the distance you can see the English Channel and the famous white cliffs.
Dover Town Hall [below] sits in the middle of a rather small town centre, which has a typical high street, you know, Carphone Warehouse, McDonald’s, Sports Direct, Boots and all of that. So don’t go there expecting a good shop, let’s put it that way.Walking away from the town centre is the way to go if you want to see the Banksy. It’s on York Street and is in the direction of the seafront.
Once you’re heading the right way you’ll see it a mile off. This was the first new Banksy I’ve seen in over a year so once it was in sight I was getting goosebumps. There’s always something pretty special about finding work by the infamous Bristolian graffiti artist.As soon as I got closer to the piece I was literally in awe. It is truly incredible. Not only is it in pretty much perfect condition, it’s also huge, which for me makes it one of the best Banky’s I’ve found to date. I also liked the fact I was the only one there taking photos and other than that the place was pretty desolate.
I took a ton of pictures, but still didn’t feel like I had taken enough. It felt like a great accomplishment seeing this work in person and I think that’s what it’s all about.
Here’s some snaps of the ‘Brexit’ Banksy:
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the street art scene, nothing lasts forever. And especially not when it’s a Banksy as people will pay insane amounts of cash for them.
Not only that, this piece is on an old, derelict building that doesn’t look like it will be there much longer. There’s already talks that the work could be sold, which is a real shame in my opinion.
So my recommendation is get down to Dover and see it for yourself and appreciate this inspiring ‘Brexit’ mural by the one and only Banksy.
If you’ve got a minute head over to change.org and sign the petition to save this piece.
For further Banksy reading check out my other blog posts:
Banksy in NYC (New York)
Banky’s ‘The Drinker’ (London)
Banksy Hunting in LDN (London)
The one and only Banksy (Bristol)
Dismaland Opens for Business (Banksy’s 2015 dystopian theme park)
Feel free to add comments and share your favourite street art/ artists.