Banksy reveals very terse conversation with angry Babushka in Ukraine
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- December 10, 2022
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Banksy claimed he was dealing with “an angry babushka” painting on bombed buildings in Ukraine as he released a new limited edition print to raise money for a charity supporting civilians killed by affected by the Russian invasion that began in February.
The Legacy Of War Foundation loaned the anonymous street artist one of its ambulances for work when he painted several murals in and around the Ukrainian capital of Kiev last month, he said in a statement posted on the charity’s website on Friday.
The vehicle “proved extremely useful when an angry babushka caught me painting on top of her building and called the police,” he said. “I think the least I should do is raise enough money to replace the license plates on the ambulance I heated up.”
Banksy shared a picture of the rat-themed art print on Instagram.
There are 50 prints available at £5,000 each, or around US$6,100.
Registration for the opportunity to purchase the art closes on December 16th.
The £250,000 (approximately US$306,000) expected from the sale of the prints will purchase new ambulances and escort vehicles “for the continued evacuation of the disabled, elderly and civilian casualties,” said Giles Duley, CEO the Foundation.
“We will be sending generators, gas heaters and solar powered lights to communities facing the harsh winter without power,” Duley explained. “And we can continue our support for women’s shelters in Kiev and the LGBTQ community.”
Banksy has requested credit for at least seven artworks in Ukraine.
He confirmed his involvement via this video on Instagram:
Last week, one of the murals was placed under police protection after a group attempting to steal it from a wall was arrested.
See all works by Banksy from Ukraine here:
Banksy in Ukraine