Banksy’s larger than life Lab Rat finally finds home big enough

Publications that covered this story include Daily Telegraph, 18 March.

Banksy’s rediscovered ‘Lab Rat’ painting has finally found a home big enough to house it, and now hangs in our London office.

Widely known as a leading figure of urban art, Banksy the mysterious UK street artist is highly regarded, with his work attracting international attention and selling for as much as £1million at auction.

‘Lab Rat’ is one of Banksy’s earliest pieces having formed part of a stage set for the Glastonbury festival in 2000, before the artist gained popular acclaim.  It was recently rediscovered in a warehouse, and is waiting to find a museum or private owner with sufficient space to display the work.

We are delighted to be able to put the work on display for the enjoyment of clients, visitors and staff until the work finds a buyer.  In total the piece is over five square metres, and is so large that the firm had to remove its door frames to get it into the building.

Ladislav Hornan, Managing Partner, comments: “We are delighted to have been asked by John Brandler of Brandler Galleries to display such a valuable work of art while it finds the right permanent owner.”

“We were so determined to save such a great piece work from life in storage that we went to great lengths to getting it into our building, removing doorframes and at one point even considering using a hoist to get it in.”

The latest edition to Banksy’s portfolio is #WithSyria which is going to be projected across the world in support of Syria in iconic locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, and Moscow’s Red Square.

Ladislav says: “Banksy is one of our most original and recognisable contemporary artists, and we are looking forward to inspiring some interesting conversations as well as prompting a few smiles with the ‘Lab Rat’ hanging in our offices.”