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‘Banksy’ signed artwork appears on Moore Street – but is it the real thing?

Published 29/01/2016 | 10:09

Moore St graffiti
Moore St graffiti

Is renowned graffiti artist Banksy supporting the Moore Street campaign? If an artwork bearing his name is authentic, he is.

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The image has sprung up on Moore Street and is a riff on the famous image of Rising Leader Pádraig Pearse surrendering to the British forces in 1916.

In the version, which was painted on the hoarding surrounding and is signed ‘Banksy’, Pearse is depicted surrendering to men in hi-visibility jackets, presumed to be builders.

A legal action aimed at ensuring any buildings on Dublin’s Moore Street linked to the 1916 Rising are preserved as national monuments will be heard by the High Court next month.

Padraig Pearse (on the right) surrenders to British forces in 1916 to end the Rising
Padraig Pearse (on the right) surrenders to British forces in 1916 to end the Rising

Protesters fear that planned restoration works to Nos 14-17 of the Moore Street terrace will result in the 1916 site being damaged, while there are also concerns that No 18, which is not a protected structure will be demolished.

While the artwork is signed Banksy, it’s unlikely that one of the most in-demand artists in the world has found the time to support the protests in Moore Street. 

The artist, whose identity has never been confirmed, is one of the most in-demand artists in the world. He tends never to tag his artworks and those in public places are often stolen or even defaced.

In 2013, when he created work everyday as a month-long project in the United States, many of the pieces were defaced, painted over and even faked and sold.

His most recent piece sprang up in Calais with a mural depicting Steve Jobs at 'The Jungle' camp.

The elusive artist painted Jobs, who died in 2011, carrying a black rubbish bag and an early model of his Apple computer.

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