Banksy Dinghy artwork to be moved from beach where girl was killed by inflatable

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A Banksy painting of children thrown through the air on an overinflated dinghy needs to be pulled away from a beach where a three-year-old girl was thrown to death from an inflatable trampoline.

Ava-May Littleboy died after being thrown higher than a house by an inflatable structure explosion at Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk in July 2018, an inquest has heard.

Banksy created a series of artworks in Norfolk and Suffolk in August 2021, dubbed A Great British Spraycation.

Among them was the Gorleston Yacht Pond dinghy painting, showing a man drinking from a bottle while using a foot pump and looking the other way as two children are propelled through the air on an inflatable.



We thank Banksy for all the wonderful works of art he has donated to the borough. Although much of his work is designed for a specific location, in this case the local circumstances would not have been known to him.

Carl Smith, Great Yarmouth City Council

Great Yarmouth Borough Council said the piece, which has been concealed due to local sensitivities, must be removed from its current location and will instead be displayed in a nearby museum.

It will be displayed in the reception area of ​​the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, making it free to view.

Council leader Carl Smith said: ‘We thank Banksy for all the wonderful artwork he has donated to the borough.

“Although much of his work is designed for a specific place, in this case the local circumstances would not have been known to him.

“We have worked with the affected family, and they support the decision to find a new, less sensitive place to work.”

Paint removal work is due to begin next week and is expected to take about three days, the authority said.

It is to be displayed at the museum this spring on a temporary basis.

The council continues to explore options for a permanent home for the mural to ensure it remains on public display locally.

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