Banksy, ‘"Save or Delete" Greenpeace Print’, 2002, Oliver Clatworthy

Banksy "Save or Delete" original Greenpeace Print. Produced in 2002. A rare opportunity to purchase an original, authentic print and collection of ephemera. Included in the sale is a set of 8 original stickers and the original stencil (Stencil not by Banksy), as they were supposedly meant to be issued.

Publisher: Greanpeace

This print was originally commissioned by Greenpeace to highlight the problems of global deforestation as part of their Save or Delete campaign. The image, which features some of the main characters from Disney’s 'The Jungle Book', was transposed onto a picture of a devastated forest, intended for use on posters, billboards and postcards. While it was printed, it was never put into circulation because of legal threats by Disney. The original sold for £78,000, 11 January 2011, at Bonhams. Whilst the majority of the prints were sent to be recycled.

About Banksy

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.

British, Bristol, United Kingdom