Perhaps the most unlikely store keeper since Victoria Beckham (no way she’s ever done the cash up), Banksy just opened a shop. Or, rather, he didn’t as the doors remain firmly shut.
Cementing Croydon’s place as an unlikely but real cultural hub, the London satellite plays host to one of the hottest art installations in town in the form of Gross Domestic Product. The ‘shop’ from the secretive artist features items including a Tony the Tiger rug, a cot surrounded by CCTV cameras and Stormzy’s iconic Brit Awards stab vest.
Best viewed at night, the pop-up art installation is located in disused retail outlet on Croydon’s Church Street and Banksy fans are already flocking to the site.
Apparently set up as part of a bid to stop a card shop using his brand, Banksy said in a statement: “A greetings cards company is contesting the trademark I hold to my art, and attempting to take custody of my name so they can sell their fake Banksy merchandise legally. I think they’re banking on the idea I won’t show up in court to defend myself”.
All profits from the venture will go toward funding a new migrant rescue boat to replace one that has apparently been confiscated by Italy.
Go and check out the shop tonight!
Gross Domestic Product, Church Street, Croydon, CR0 1RF