Banksy at the Barbican and Chiswell Street

Banksy has adorned the streets in and around the Barbican at least three times. First of all there was a tiny rat on Chiswell Street and then a couple of homage’s to Basquiat in 2017.

Banksy on Chiswell Street

Whilst scurrying along eerily empty City streets early on Saturday morning I was rewarded with the sighting of this Banksy on Chiswell Street.

Banksy on Chiswell Street London Banksy Rat with Robbo tag
Banksy Rat I Love London Robbo on Chiswell Street

When Banksy rat stencil first appeared he was in black and white and the placard read “London Doesn’t Work”.  Then along came another street artist Robbo, who changed the placard to read “I love London, Robbo”.  The amendment was all part of a long running feud between the two artists, which saw the pair making changes to each others work.  All this came to an end in 2011 when Robbo had an accident that led to his death.  All the Robbo tags have been left, just as they are, as a tribute to the artist.

Banksy on Golden Lane

In 2017 the Barbican Art Gallery put on an exhibition of Basquiat, who started off as a graffiti artist and whose work now sells for millions. On the eve of the exhibition opening Banksy created two works in homage to Basquiat. The larger one has a figure from one of Basquiat’s most expensive paintings being arrested by a pair of spray painted police officers. The figure leaping in from the side is a later addition by Danny Minnick.

Banksy mural on Golden Lane showing a Basquiat figure being arrested by two spray painted police officers.  A leaping figure by Danny Minnick jumps in from the right
Bansky and Basquiat

On the other side of Golden Lane is a smaller work showing a Ferris wheel where all the seats are Basquiat like crowns. People are queueing to ride the wheel.

Banksy mural showing a Ferris wheel with Basquiat crowns in the underpass underneath the Barbican Centre London
Banksy on Golden Lane

Check out my post about East London Street Art for work by other street artists in London.





  1. June 26, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Great spot, makes a perfect Sunday photo

  2. June 26, 2016 / 6:20 am

    I’ve always wanted to see a Banksy in real life, although I’d probably walk by without realising :) I hope you had a fab time. #MySundayPhoto

    • June 26, 2016 / 6:51 am

      I had a fab time, lots of cake and great to meet so many other bloggers in real life.

  3. June 26, 2016 / 7:09 am

    Isn’t it great when you stumble across a Banksy? Very eye catching.

  4. June 26, 2016 / 7:16 am

    This is a fab photo. We had a Banksy near us and it caused nothing but trouble as people tried to deface it – so sad! It is now all covered up to try to preserve it :(

  5. June 26, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    What a great find. We have a copy of one near us, and I’ve seen another copy of one in Stretford, but never a real one.

  6. Lisa@IntoTheGlade
    June 26, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Oh I love Banksy so much, he is artist with his finger on the pulse. This is a great picture, hope you had a great time xx

  7. Eric
    February 12, 2022 / 4:58 pm

    I just went by this and someone sprayed over Robbo.

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