Original artwork by British artist Banksy is part of a storefront installation prior to an online sale in Croydon, Great Britain, October 1, 2019. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) – Banksy set up a home goods store in a southern London suburb, displaying politically provocative pieces such as the Union Jack stabbing vest he designed for British rapper Stormzy.
The anonymous British street artist in the city of Bristol in western England opened the "Gross Domestic Product" in Croydon, saying it was "where art irritates life."
But the store will not be open to the public and all sales will be made online, Banksy said in an Instagram post.
"We hope to offer something for everyone, prices start at £ 10, but availability will be limited – all these products are handmade in the UK, using existing materials or recycled wherever possible," he wrote.
The store came about when a card company tried to take custody of the Banksy name, and the artist said he had been advised the best way to prevent it from selling his own line of branded merchandise.
In addition to the vest designed for Stormzy's historic performance at this year's Glastonbury Music Festival, items include a "Tony the Tiger" rug featuring the cartoon character used to announce decayed sugar-coated cereals.
One sign says it was designed to be a "conversation piece – especially if the conversation is centered in the UK spending over £ 7.8 million a year on dental extractions for children under 5 years old."
Viewer Neil Banks said he has been following Banksy for years. "It's very nice to take you to an area you didn't expect, and I think it still belongs to the streets, the walls, but it's great to see that," he said.
Other facilities include a home entertainment lighting system & # 39; Met Ball & # 39; Made of a mirrored police helmet and a 'Baby Mobile', a cradle flanked by security cameras, designed to “prepare your baby for a life in constant scrutiny, sanctioned and self. tax ”.
Written by Paul Sandle; Editing by Alexander Smith
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