A new Banksy installation in the form of a homeware shop has appeared in Croydon, with the Union Jack stab vest worn by Stormzy at Glasto, a cot surrounded by CCTV cameras and cushions bearing the slogan “Life’s too short to take advice from a cushion” displayed in the window. The store, called Gross Domestic Product, will be in situ for about two weeks but won’t actually ever open its doors. Instead you can purchase the products online and all the proceeds will go towards buying a replacement migrant rescue boat after one was confiscated by the Italian authorities.
The shop has only come about due to a legal dispute Banksy is having with a greetings card company that’s trying to take over his trademark. To prevent that happening, the artist was advised to release his own line of merch, which he describes as ‘impractical and offensive’. Disco ball made from a riot helmet anyone?
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Church St, Croydon CR0 1TB