Theory’ (Leeds, August 2003)
Stencil and spraypaint on a concrete block wall
Size (unframed): 160 x 140 x 15 cm. (63 x 55 x 5.9 in) (+/-)
Estimate: 225,000 / 275,000 euro
(Listed in Hessink’s ‘Catalogue Raisonné of Banksy’s Street Art’, as No. 542 and shown on the front cover of ‘The Observer Music Monthly’, September 2003)
- Excellent and Authentic
- This large scale work by Banksy depicts a small television flying through a window, sending large shards of glass into the air as it drags its long cord behind it. Sprayed onto a plain concrete block wall, it is a very powerful, monochrome image that likely satirically references the ‘Broken Window Theory’ (see ‘the story behind’ below). It is the only known rendering of this stencil, with another version appearing in Old St, London the same year (see: Hessink’s ‘Catalogue Raisonné of Banksy’s Street Art’, No. 287).
On arriving at the venue, it was apparent to Banksy that there was nothing obvious for him to paint on, and so a neighbouring farmer granted him permission to paint something onto a concrete block wall and something else onto the metal doors of his duck shed. Banksy produced two works that afternoon, the first depicting a TV being thrown through a broken window, which was painted onto the concrete block wall and was later used by the Observer with the band appearing below. The second work depicted a girl hugging a TV and was painted onto the doors of the duck shed.
THE STORY BEHIND
In the March 1982 issue of Atlantic Magazine, there was an article entitled 'Broken Windows’ in which the 'Broken Window Theory’ was first introduced, the theory being that if a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, it creates an environment of lawlessness where further crime and civil disorder will soon follow.
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