Kelly Griffin | Thursday, May 17, 2012
A Banksy street work has been destroyed (pictured) by careless drilling for a cafe in Australia's art capital, Melbourne.
As you can see from the picture above, it seems almost unbelievable that the drillers didn't choose to drill just a little to the left or little to the right to avoid drilling through the middle of this artwork.
One can only guess that they were unaware it was street art by the world's most successful and celebrate street artist Banksy.
And, given that they would have had to gain a permit from the council for this demolition, it is surprising the council didn't inform them about the street art - perhaps they were unaware it was a Banksy, too.
According to Melbourne's daily newspaper Herald Sun, this is the third Banksy to be destroyed in Melbourne in the past two years. Vandals damaged one in Fitzroy last August while (allegedly unaware) council workers painted over a Banksy in Hoiser Lane in April 2010.
Considering that Melbourne regards itself and is regarded worldwide as one of the world's great street art capitals, it certainly seems a surprise that more effort isn't put in to preserving (and not continually destroying) such work.