Banksy Opens Shop in Croydon...

It seems Banksy is making headlines every week lately, and this week makes no exception. The artist is back at it again, this time unveiling a pop-up installation in Croydon, London. Needless to say, crowds around the area are already forming.

 

The artwork reportedly appeared overnight, but the sign above the window, which reads 'Gross Domestic Product' was only spotted this morning. Taking up a formerly neglected shopfront, the pop-up displays a number of different rooms that anyone passing by can view from the street. Each room is an installation in its own right with one featuring a baby's crib surrounded by CCTV cameras.


Perhaps the star of the show is the Union Jack stab-proof vest worn by Stormzy during his history-making headline set at Glastonbury earlier this year, pictured below. 

 

The “Stormzy vest” is accompanied by an explainer that reads: “A version of the ‘John Bull’ English gents waistcoat updated for modern times. This customised body armour is capable of stopping bullets up to .45 calibre and is fully stab proof.  As worn by Stormzy at Glastonbury festival (because it’s very dangerous there). Yet not machine washable [sic]. Signed. Edition of 5 plus 2 A/P.”


The explanation also includes a website link, grossdomesticproduct.com, which shows the message “hello gdp3”. You can read more about the iconic collaboration between the two British artists, click here.



You can have a closer look at everything that is on display in the video below... 

Gross Domestic Product

A look into Banksy's latest insatllation, Gross Domestic Product, in Croydon, London.


 
This is certainly a bit of a departure from Banksy's latest stunts. The artist has, as usual, taken to Instagram to confirm the authenticity of the piece as well as state that "This showroom is for display purposes only."  Chances are the exhibition will only be up temporary so don’t delay your visit.

 

Watch this space for updates and new images as the story unfolds. To view available works by the artist, click here.

As always, thanks for reading. 

Till next time,

Amalia

 

 

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