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How one FSB member helped save a priceless piece of artwork


Art expert and FSB member John Brandler has helped salvage a rare piece of work by the artist Banksy, amid fears that it could be destroyed because of plans to clear the site on which it was placed.

John, who runs Brandler Galleries in Brentwood, Essex, was contacted by residents of Dungeness who feared the mural of a bird – which is believed to have been created by Banksy in 2004 – could be lost after the owners of the site warned of their intention to clear that part of the Kent beach.

John has many years’ experience of working with Banksy’s art and recognised the importance of this piece of graffiti street art. “The bird has only been used a very few times,” he says. “It is quite an important visual object.”

The artwork was created on the side of a derelict container on Dungeness beach as a replacement for an earlier artwork that was stolen 12 days after completion. To preserve the piece and to protect it from the harsh sea air, locals had covered it in paint.

To retrieve the work, John requested the expertise of independent construction recycler Land Logical. The Dartford-based company used specialist equipment to salvage the container, remove the Banksy ready for restoration, and recycle the metal and wood from the container.

The newly preserved Banksy is currently available to view in Brandler Galleries.