This piece from Banksy with the words “If graffiti changed anything – it would be illegal”, has appeared on a wall in Fitzrovia, central London during Easter Monday. The work in blood red paint features the stencilled rat that appears to stand on a ledge, and has red paint on one of its paws after having just signed the work with a paw print.
It is thought that the motivation behind this latest street piece reworks an old anarchist slogan coined by late Russian-Canadian political activist Emma Goldman. She said ‘If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal’. The piece seems to be a reference to arrests of many street artists.