One of Banksy's most famous graffiti paintings have been painted over by the London transport workers. This iconic image depicted a scene from the movie Pulp Fiction with Samual L. Jackson and John Travolta holding bananas instead of guns. The mural was located near Old Street tube station and drew alot of people to that area.
The Transport for London apparently doesn't know the difference between graffiti and art. They're statement was that they hired professional cleaners not art critics. Street art is the new urban culture and most of Banksy's paintings are political and meaningful. In my opinion I find his work beautiful. Two years ago Banksy left a life-size replica of a Guantanamo Bay detainee at the California theme park Disneyland. And in 2005, he decorated Israel's controversial West Bank barrier with satirical images of life on the other side.
Then again this is quite ironic. I would have enjoyed to see a Banksy being covered by another piece of graffiti art, but the fact that the government got involved makes me grumble. I guess this is part of the city and the city changes. I guess just because it's a Banksy that doesn't mean we should have listed graffiti right?
However, that painting was estimated to be worth 300'000GBP...