A long-lost artwork by street artist Banksy is to be unveiled to the public this weekend.
‘Snorting Copper’ first appeared on the walls of a Shoreditch public toilet in
2005, but suffered acts of vandalism and an attempted theft, before finally being
removed permanently by Hackney Council.
Jonathan Ellis, Managing Director of HC Developments, who first found the work on its site said: “The return of the piece to Curtain Road means that the Shoreditch community can enjoy a piece of its history. We didn’t want it to sit in a gallery - that’s not where it’s meant to be - it is meant to be free for the public to enjoy.”
Their renovation project took a team of 11 who painstakingly restored the piece over a period of 16 weeks. Technical Director at Fine Art Restoration Company, Chris Bull, said: “It brings all our disciplines together in a once in a lifetime situation, it was fantastic.”
‘Snorting Copper’ can be seen at 115 Curtain Road, and adds to the new Basquiat-inspired works that appeared outside the Barbican last month.
The anonymous artist emerged from the underground Bristol scene in the mid-1990s to become a recognised international artist. A Banksy work entitled Civilian Drone Strike was sold at a charity auction in September for £205,000.