Big turnout to watch the ‘Port Talbot Banksy’ successfully move home
29 May 2019
The press and media turned up in big numbers on Wednesday (May 29th) to watch graffiti artist Banksy’s work Season’s Greetings move from Taibach to a new home at Ty’r Orsaf in the centre of Port Talbot.
The art work was unveiled intact at its new setting in the centre of Port Talbot after being lifted by crane onto a lorry and moved slowly and carefully to Ty’r Orsaf, an award winning homes and shops development opposite the town’s transport hub and railway station.
Season’s Greetings suddenly appeared on steelworker Ian Lewis’s garage in Taibach last December and news of its dramatic arrival quickly spread across the world. In January this year, Essex gallery owner and street art expert John Brandler purchased the famous mural for a six figure sum.
Subsequently, Neath Port Talbot Council entered into a partnership with Mr Brandler, housing group Pobl and the Welsh Government to place Season’s Greetings in a commercial unit in Ty’r Orsaf.
Experienced Port Talbot based building and civil engineering firm Andrew Scott Ltd undertook the tricky job of transporting the iconic Banksy, cutting the art work from the rest of the garage with a diamond drill.
Afterwards, a sturdy steel framework was put in place to act as a cradle when the artwork was lifted by into the air – the strain being put on the steel frame, not the artwork. The Banksy was successfully loaded onto a lorry and taken with a police escort to Ty’r Orsaf – photographed all the way by members of the public, press and media - where it was successfully installed.
The section of wall on which Season’s Greetings was painted weighs around 4.5 tonnes.
The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Rob Jones said afterwards: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Welsh Government, Pobl and Mr Brandler on this and our thanks go to Andrew Scott Ltd for an excellent job in moving this piece of art.”