Banksy Shed Appears on Busy Road in UK

'Banksie's Shed'
'Banksie's Shed' Photo: Sally Munro via Stroud Life

A shed emblazoned with the slogan “Banksie’s Shed” has mysteriously appeared on a roundabout overnight on the A38 near Dursley, Gloucestershire. It is to be torn down after it caused disruption to traffic, the Telegraph has reported.

Although the shed is not thought to be one of the famous street artists’ works (one thinks he might have spelled his name correctly), it caused significant congestion as motorists stepped out of their vehicles on the roundabout to take photographs. Emma Barnett, who drove past the shed told the Telegraph “I thought there had been an accident because people were getting out of their cars, but I realized what was going on when I got a bit closer.”

Gloucestershire County Council and Stroud District Council have taken the decision to remove the structure in the interest of public safety, fearing that the spectacle could distract drivers and pedestrians and endanger lives. Mary Garrett, wife of Slimbridge parish council chairman Phil Garett said “I have seen people on the roundabout taking pictures of it and one person stepped off into the road.”

Jason Humm, a council highways manager said “We’re aware of the shed placed on the A38 roundabout, and whilst we appreciate it’s an interesting piece of artwork, it’s been put there without permission. We’re working with Stroud District Council to ensure it’s removed safely and that traffic disruption is kept to minimum.”

The stunt occurred only several weeks after a Banksy mural appeared next to a phone box in nearby Cheltenham (“Banksy Confirms He Created “Spies” Artwork in Cheltenham“).


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