12 Banksy Murals You Can See on Street View

By Google Arts & Culture

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The mysterious graffiti artist Banksy has been creating his satirical stencil-style work on buildings and walls around the world for almost 30 years. A large number of these have been destroyed, physically removed, or painted over by other artists — as is the ephemeral nature of street art.

However there are still some around that you can explore using Street View. Here are 12 of them...

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny by BanksyRandom Act Projects

The French Embassy, London

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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2. Falling Shopper, London

The Falling Shopper is painted around 7 meters above the ground on Bruton Lane. It's one of the best preserved examples of Banksy's work, as it's too far off the ground to vandalize.

Falling Shopper, London

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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3. Man Hanging From Window

Despite also being raised above ground level, this piece portraying a naked man hanging from a window to avoid being caught with his lover fell victim to a vandal wielding a paint gun.

Man Hanging from Window, Bristol

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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4. The Royal Family, London

This mural on the side of a wall in Stoke Newington was almost painted over by workmen, until local protesters saved it from being completely erased.

The Royal Family, London

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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5. The Mild Mild West, Bristol

The anti-establishment mural Mild Mild West depicts a teddy bear throwing a Molotov cocktail at three police, in response to riot police shutting down unlicensed raves in Bristol.

The Mild Mild West, Bristol

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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6. Very Little Helps, London

This mural of 3 children paying their respects to a Tesco supermarket bag up a flagpole has largely been overlaid with graffiti and scaffolding, but you can see the original here.

Very Little Helps, London

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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7. The Girl With The Pierced Eardrum, Birstol

A parody of Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, the use of an alarm box as a piercing showcases how Banksy often makes use of existing objects in his murals.

The Girl with The Pierced Eardrum

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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8. Fishing Boy, London

Although quite faded, you can still make out this stencil of a little boy fishing a syringe out of the River Thames in Bermondsey, London.

Fishing Boy, London

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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9. You Don't Need Planning Permission To Build Castles in The Sky, Bristol

This slogan is another example of Banksy playing with existing features of the landscape, and artfully makes the plain brick wall look like a smiling face.

You Don't Need Planning Permission to Build Castles in the Sky, Bristol

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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10. Cat and Dog, Bristol

More colorful than some of his other pieces, this mural of a dog graffitiing a wall is an example of Banksy's early work.

Cat and Dog, Bristol

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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11. Umbrella Girl, New Orleans

Banksy's Umbrella Girl has been covered with perspex to protect it from damage and theft. The image is a reference to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the area in 2005.

Umbrella Girl, New Orleans

BANKSY, Crayon for Closure, Kolodny, Banksy, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
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12. Yellow Lines Flower Painter, London

The yellow flower was originally an extension of the double yellow lines on the road. You can still make out the outline of the painter crouched next to it, although it has largely been hidden by graffiti tags.

Yellow Lines Flower Painter, London

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