After six years, and the first legal battle over the ownership of street art, Banksy's Art Buff reappeared in Folkestone, England. The mural depicts a woman gazing at an empty plinth. Riffing on the theme, Creative Folkestone (formerly known as the Creative Foundation, a visionary charity dedicated to transforming Folkestone through the arts) launched 'The Plinth' a project which enables local artists to display their artistic creations on vacant plinths scattered around Folkestone to celebrate Art Buff's return.
The mural was initially installed on the side of a building near an amusement arcade as part of Creative Folkestone's Triennial arts festival in 2014. Art Buff quickly became a local attraction (and similarly to other Banksys) took the media by storm. However, after only a few weeks, the mural disappeared. Dreamland Leisure, the tenant of the building, had removed the mural and subsequently shipped it to the US where it was offered for sale at Art Basel Miami.
Following a legal campaign spearheaded by Creative Folkestone
over the rights to the mural, it was reclaimed and has now returned
Tim Maxwell, a partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, led the successful team (at his former firm) in The Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Limited & Ors case and is delighted to see the mural return to where it rightfully belongs.
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