This post was first published by My London on 14/10/2019.
Banksy’s Croydon Gross Domestic Product store has been closed
Thousands of visitors flocked to see the world-renowned artist’s ‘store that never opens’ in Croydon
Banksy’s hugely popular Croydon ‘Gross Domestic Product’ store has been dismantled in the early hours of the morning.
The art stunt has drawn thousands and thousands of visitors to Croydon town centre over the past fortnight , with barely a moment of the day or night without people stopping to take in the artworks.
Over the weekend, Banksy posted on Instagram a video of the shop, on the corner of Church Street and Frith Road, with the tagline ‘the shop that never opens will close this weekend’.
The video featured short clips of people viewing the artwork. One said: “Croydon’s gone up in the world.”
The clip also features schoolboys interpreting the art showing how animals die by plastic, and a man pointing out the “diabetes-ridden corpse of Tony the Tiger”.
A woman adds: “My Twitter’s gonna be buzzing when I get on the bus. ‘Ohhh look what we’ve got’.
But another woman added: “I’m not impressed with it. I don’t think nothing of it.”
On Monday morning, shortly after 7am, a worker started removing the shop front ‘Gross Domestic Product’ sign.
The speakers, which had been playing light jazz background music for the past fortnight, were also switched off.
A short while later, all the lights in the windows were switched off and the windows were blocked off, apparently while items were removed from the window displays.
The brown-coated security guards have stood guard in the street while the work to apparently dismantle the shop takes place.
The arrival of the world-renowned artist to Croydon created a huge buzz in the borough, with it being hailed by local politicians.
Croydon Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, Oliver Lewis, came down to see the artwork.
He said: “I think it is great that Banksy has come to Croydon and decided to be part of Croydon’s street art.”
Amber Colman, from South Norwood, came acrosss the mega artwork while on the way to meet a friend in the town centre.
She said: “I think it is amazing and it is really fantastic for the area, a lot of people are going to flock here for it.”
Over the two weekends where the shop was available to view, it proved so popular people were left queuing up Crown Hill as far as Primark, even in the rain.
Several school trips visited and a special queuing system had to be used to avoid overcrowding on the busy Croydon junction.
Some lucky viewers found Banksy mock Princess Diana £10 notes one evening , while people who went to see it on its apparent last night (October 13) were given Banksy posters.
Speculation remains about the accompanying Gross Domestic Product, and whether it will ever actually open to the public – given the tagline of “the shop that never opens”. The title page of the website still reads “opening soon”.
Banksy claims the shop was opened as part of a legal wrangle with a greetings card company which is apparently trying to seize legal custody of his name to sell merchandise.