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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th January 1906 Born today: Diana Winyard, London, actress (Cavalcade)
16th January 1794 Edward Gibbon, historian (Decline and Fall), dies in London at 56
16th January 1759 British Museum opens in London
One Nation under CCTV
Banksy uses scaffolding to poke fun at our CCTV nation.
Location: Newman Street, London
Description: This is where Banksy in April 2008 pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London.
The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera.
Then, during darkness and hidden behind a sheet of polythene, he painted this comment on 'Big Brother' society.
The scaffolding gang subsequently returned to remove all evidence - again without the camera operator stopping them.
The work shows a small boy, watched by a security guard, painting the words: 'One nation under CCTV.'
Tagged in this Tour: Curios
Tagged in this Tour: The Banksy London Tour