Weston-super-Mare street art stolen
PUBLISHED: 12:25 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:41 30 September 2015
A PIECE of street art painted on hoardings near Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare has been stolen.
Birnbeck Regeneration Trust was hoping to draw attention to its campaign by adding street art to hoardings near the pier.
The trust had lined up 30 artists to add their work, but not the project could be in jeopardy as one piece has already been stolen.
Bristol-based artist Jon D’oh pained a tribute to Banksy’s Dismaland – which has just finished its run at The Tropicana – on the exhibition’s final day but it was stolen some time between 9pm last night (Tuesday) and this morning.
He said: “I have been invited to paint some of the hoardings at Birnbeck Pier and was attending the final night at Dismaland and thought I would just leave my mark.
“I was hoping that this would highlight the cause and keep a bit more street art in Weston.
“It is a shame it was taken but it isn’t the first time my art work has covered up or stolen.”
Trust member Heidi Griffin said: “We would like it returned. It has been all over social media so people will know where it is from. We are hoping CCTV will help police find it.
“We had permission from CNM Estates (who own the site) to paint it, but now we are scared Wahid Samedy might take it away, which would jepordise the project.”
Trust member Richard Griffin said: “If anyone knows something or knows who stole it please report them, as they have stolen not just from a charity but from the people of our great town.
“If the person who stole it returns it nothing more will be said.”