Artist’s video depicts practice run in which piece is entirely destroyed, alongside words ‘In rehearsals it worked every time …’
Banksy has posted a video to his website in which he implies the shredding of his million-pound artwork Girl with Balloon at a Sotheby’s auction in London was supposed to have been complete.
In the video posted on Tuesday entitled Shred the Love (the director’s cut), Banksy shows himself constructing the shredding mechanism inside a frame. It then cuts to the auction room and the moment of partial destruction. At the end, the video notes: “In rehearsals it worked every time …” as it shows the piece going the whole way through the shredding machine.
The empathy that brought me here on the kindertransport has been lost. But a new cross-party movement hopes to revive it
Eighty years ago, Britain gave me a lifeline. It was 1939 and the Nazis had invaded Czechoslovakia. I, like hundreds of other children, was bundled on to a train out of Prague with little more than some clothes and a packed lunch my mother had made to keep me from going hungry on the long trip to England. I didn’t understand why this was happening. Nor did I know, as I sat in my train carriage trundling through Europe, that I was not only on a journey to a new country – I was starting a whole new life.
Britain offered me sanctuary and it became my home. Most importantly of all, though I didn’t understand that then, Britain gave me safety, which meant that I could make plans for my future and realise those plans.