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Guy Notices That Something Doesn’t Add Up In Banksy Shredding, Explains Why It Was FAKE
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Guy Notices That Something Doesn’t Add Up In Banksy Shredding, Explains Why It Was FAKE

Banksy is known the world over for his acts of rebellion, sticking two fingers up to the establishment with a series of poignant, humorous and provocative street artworks in unexpected locations. Recently he delivered perhaps his most famous artwork, protesting against the commodification of art by very publicly having his own work shredded at auction while horrified salespeople and investors looked on.

But was all really as it seemed? Was this wanton act of self-destruction the ultimate expression of anarchy and a troll of epic proportions, or actually a calculated and cynical scam to gain publicity and increase the value of his famous paintings?

Josh Gilbert, an artist and blacksmith from Chicago, has some serious doubts. Presenting his theory with impressive attention to detail, his arguments about something being fishy with the accepted version of events certainly carry some weight. “What piqued my interest was the appearance of the device in his video,” Josh explained to Bored Panda. “I’m a maker, so the way it was presented as being constructed struck a sour note with me. I re-watched Banksy’s artwork getting shredded several times and looked at stills, and it just didn’t make sense as a machine designed to shred a painting.”

“I’m also a magician, and when I started looking at it as a performance rather than documentation, that’s when it clicked.”

Being an artist himself, specializing in metal sculpture and modernized ‘art nouveau’ style wrought iron, Josh can appreciate the brilliance of Banksy, even if he’s not convinced by this particular stunt. “I still think Banksy is a famous artist not without reason, and I would definitely not call my theory “facts” at this point,” he told us. “It just seemed like a very fitting conclusion. I think Banksy is ultimately a performance artist and he’s doing a lot to stretch and expand what that means in popular culture.”

“That said, if it had been me trying to pull this kind of hoax, I like to think I’d do a bit of a better job covering it up. But maybe that’s all part of the performance? He wants to keep us guessing and talking about it, and he’s certainly done that!”

Who knows? No matter what you think about the stunt, there’s more to this story, that’s for sure. Scroll down to check out Josh’s findings below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Bansky shocked the art world recently by setting up one of his works to self-destruct upon sale

But Chicago-based artist Josh Gilbert had some doubts about the much-publicised stunt

Here’s what people had to say about Josh’s astute observations

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

wait... hold the phone Mable, Banksy was doing something for attention? he was doing something to possible annoy some, amuse others and entertain the rest. Well I am shocked. I shall sit in my gumdrop house on lollipop lane and be shocked.

LuckyPineapple
Community Member
3 years ago

Can I come to your house? That sounds pretty nice

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Greg Hoggarth
Community Member
3 years ago

Ever since I saw the video I thought this was kind of obvious - simply because the shredding stopped with the picture halfway down.

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

As soon as I saw the first photo about the shredding I was suspicious. The shredded portion has a curve in the material a few inches up from the bottom, at a part of the image that would have been expected to be visible and flat in the orginial frame, or just near the frame itself. The curve implies that the material has been rolled for a while and has set that way, like hair in curlers. To me this suggested that the shredded pieces had been rolled up for a while, with the very ends poking out straight from a feeding machanism so that they'ed extrude from the bottom, and that the curve higher up the shredded portion was either being pulled out by the weight of the material below, or reflected a set-up where it lay flat after curving around a roller. I thought that it was going to be announced almost immediately as a Banksy prank, but many people really did seem to take it seriously.

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

wait... hold the phone Mable, Banksy was doing something for attention? he was doing something to possible annoy some, amuse others and entertain the rest. Well I am shocked. I shall sit in my gumdrop house on lollipop lane and be shocked.

LuckyPineapple
Community Member
3 years ago

Can I come to your house? That sounds pretty nice

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Greg Hoggarth
Community Member
3 years ago

Ever since I saw the video I thought this was kind of obvious - simply because the shredding stopped with the picture halfway down.

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

As soon as I saw the first photo about the shredding I was suspicious. The shredded portion has a curve in the material a few inches up from the bottom, at a part of the image that would have been expected to be visible and flat in the orginial frame, or just near the frame itself. The curve implies that the material has been rolled for a while and has set that way, like hair in curlers. To me this suggested that the shredded pieces had been rolled up for a while, with the very ends poking out straight from a feeding machanism so that they'ed extrude from the bottom, and that the curve higher up the shredded portion was either being pulled out by the weight of the material below, or reflected a set-up where it lay flat after curving around a roller. I thought that it was going to be announced almost immediately as a Banksy prank, but many people really did seem to take it seriously.

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