Banksy’s Protest Mural Erased from Bowery Wall

Posted on: June 13th, 2018 at 5:15 am by

Banksy made international headlines this past March with his 70-foot protest statement at the Bowery mural wall. As of this week, it’s now erased.

He and street artist Borf together imparted the message mural, aimed at highlighting the plight of Turkish painter and journalist Zehra Dogan, imprisoned by the Turkish regime in a wave of arrests following the military coup in July 2016. She was sentenced last March to two years and ten months for creating a watercolor painting of a Turkish city heavily damaged by state security forces, and for alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), currently waging an insurgency against the government.

The mural had been timed to coincide with the anniversary of Dogan’s first year in custody.

The wall now awaits the next artist…

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