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Hopton artist Greater Than pays homage to Banksy in Lowestoft as he creates new version of removed artwork



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A Suffolk artist has paid homage to Banksy by recreating an artwork that was removed from a Lowestoft shop wall last month to be sold at auction.

Hopton-based Greater Than shared photos of his new version of the renowned-graffiti artist's work, depicting a boy with a crowbar making a sandcastle, painted in the same spot it previously occupied on the Lowestoft Electrical Building in London Road North, on his social platforms yesterday evening.

Greater Than, whose real name is Justin Peach, has since been inundated with comments praising his artwork on social media, with one saying 'brilliant work mate, nice to see a local artist shine and bring something back for Lowestoft', while another said 'what a great idea! Looks amazing'.

Posting on Instagram, 41-year-old Justin said, like many others, he was a 'bit gutted' when the Banksy was removed from Lowestoft.

"I completely understand the commercial considerations of the owner. We've all got bills to pay etc," he added.

"So I thought it would be cool to try and put something similar back.

Greater Than painted his version of the Banksy original with permission from the building owner. Picture: Greater Than
Greater Than painted his version of the Banksy original with permission from the building owner. Picture: Greater Than

"It's not an exact copy however I have tried to stay as true to the original as I could (even using MTN 94 from @graffcityuk which you can see used in the #Spraycation video).

"This isn't a replica, it's an homage. Hopefully people will see it in the way it is intended."

Speaking to Suffolk News, Justin said he had put the painting back up with permission from the building owner.

"The painting has been protected for now but the hope is that it can be uncovered so people can get up close to it and have photos without the perspex," he added.

Greater Than created his new version of Banksy's artwork in the same spot it had previously occupied in Lowestoft. Picture: Greater Than
Greater Than created his new version of Banksy's artwork in the same spot it had previously occupied in Lowestoft. Picture: Greater Than

"I hope that the people of Lowestoft see this as it is intended, it's not a direct copy and I didn't hide my identity to try and fool people into thinking Banksy had come back.

"I just wanted to give the art work back to the community."

And he says he has been 'blown away' by the reaction to his version of the Banksy artwork.

The artist said he wanted to 'give the artwork back to the community'. Picture: Greater Than
The artist said he wanted to 'give the artwork back to the community'. Picture: Greater Than

"I've had so many lovely messages, not just from local people. I've been contacted by a man from Norway to say thank you for putting it back."

The original Banksy painting came about as part of the artist's 'Great British Spraycation' in August, with artworks appearing in Lowestoft and Oulton Broad, as well as Cromer, Gorleston and King's Lynn.

At the time, East Suffolk Council said it was a 'real boost' for the area that Banksy had 'chosen our area for his Great British Spraycation'.

Screens were later installed to protect the artworks, after one of the murals was defaced.

The original Banksy artwork in Lowestoft. Picture: Effective Imaging Ltd/East Suffolk District Council
The original Banksy artwork in Lowestoft. Picture: Effective Imaging Ltd/East Suffolk District Council

But last month, Lowestoft residents were left disappointed when it was confirmed that the painting depicting the boy with the crowbar was going to be removed.

Footage then showed the moment an entire section of the wall was being removed.

And a few days later, Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions, based in California, confirmed they would be selling it in late January.