The Future of Banksy and his Self-Destructing Art Piece, Banksy, an acclaimed British graffiti artist, made headlines with what is perhaps his most innovative venture yet – an exploding art piece. The piece in question was a copy of one of the artist’s most renowned works; a picture of a young girl letting go of a red balloon. Naturally, the piece became considerably more famous when the copy exploded just moments after it had been auctioned off for a whopping $1.4 million.
As Banksy later revealed in an Instagram video, the unconventional artist had installed a hidden ‘shredder’ into the painting’s frame. This secret mechanism was activated shortly after the auction took place; the activation itself was followed by the sound of a loud, beeping alarm as the painting proceeded to self-destruct.
On-lookers were both shocked and pleasantly surprised to witness this historical, artistic occurrence – even the auctioneer was thoroughly delighted by the ordeal, having cited the incident as a ‘brilliant Banksy moment’.
Banksy rose to fame through his unique, unconventional approach towards art – the prodigy kick-started his art career by venturing into graffiti street art. Some of his best works, such as Yellow Lines Hugger and Bomb Hugger, spontaneously appeared overnight on the walls of towns across the United Kingdom.
The artist is well known for his aversion towards the commercialization of his works – Banksy succeeded in painting a reminder of his loyalty towards his principles during this latest exploding stunt, which was a critique towards the conventional commodification of art.
Banksy is widely regarded as an artistic genius, and his efforts have raised respect for both street artists and graffiti art itself, which were otherwise looked down upon. The incident of his self-destructing art piece is a highlight of the many pranks and stunts that he’s pulled throughout his innovative career. The self-destruction of Balloon Girl will, without a doubt, further increasing the value of the now-shredded piece in the market. Whether Banksy’s controversial stunts will continue to aid his career remains to be seen.