Wednesday , June 16 2021

Banxi paid tribute to the victims of terrorism in Bataklan, stolen in Paris

Artistic work of street artist Bansy in Paris, on a side street to the concert hall Copyright on the image
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The artistic works are painted at the door of the Bataklan Hall in the French capital

An artwork by British artist Bangsi, painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terrorist attack in the Bataklan Music Hall in Paris, has been stolen.

The work depicting a young female figure with a sad expression was cut out and pulled out of one of the emergency doors in place.

"Today we are filled with deep indignation," Bataklan writes.

In November 2015, 90 people were killed when armed insurgents were directed to the place during a rock concert.

  • What happened in Bataklan?

"The work of Banks, a symbol of memory and belonging to all: the locals, the Parisians, the citizens of the world, was taken by us– wrote Bataklan in a statement posted on Twitter.

The Friday night's theft included "a group of hooded people armed with angle grinders," an AFP agency reported, citing a source close to the investigation.

Then the suspects left with artwork in a truck.

The art of Benxi has become extremely popular and sought after. Part of his work, which appeared in a garage in the UK, was recently sold privately for a six-figure sum.

In October last year, Benny makes headlines after one of his paintings has been sold for more than 1 million pounds at auction by Sotheby's in London – and then immediately crumbles.

Who is Benny?

Benxi is a famous but anonymous British graffiti artist. He keeps his identity secret.

He produces works that appear in public places, such as on the walls of buildings. Much of his art is made in a certain style that people can easily recognize.

He started painting trains and walls in his hometown of Bristol in the early 1990s. But in the 2000s he expanded his work outside of Bristol and soon left his artistic brand all over the world.

Earlier this month, a piece of graffiti found on a monorail station in Tokyo, Japan, caused a stir to resemble the famous Bangkok's "Umbrella rat".

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