The Drinker, a statue by Banksy which was stolen over 10 years ago has returned. It has been straight back into the London square from where it was originally taken.
A play on Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’. Banksy’s version, which he named the drinker, was originally left back in 2004. The statue depicted a man in a thinking like pose but with a cone on the top of his head. It was placed in a little square just next to Shaftesbury Avenue Theatre.
Feud with Banksy
Since then it’s been in the not so safe keeping of AK47. An artist who it would seem had a little bit of feud with Banksy back in the day. All caused when Banksy failed to sign an unsigned print he had bought.
This slight resulted in AK47 hijacking the Drinker and demanding a ransom that wasn’t paid. An illegal installation anyway, no-one laid claim to the statue once it was taken and so AK47 found himself the owner of more than just a print.
The Drinker by Banksy
Now it’s been returned to the same spot albeit with a few slight alterations. Namely the additional of a toilet seat and a flush. The Drinker has also been renamed the stinker (gettit!! there’s a toilet seat and everything!!! A toilet seat!!!)
The cool thing though is that despite the revamped version it is of course a genuine Banksy. It’s just one that’s been away for a little while. If you want to see it, head down to Shaftesbury Avenue Theatre although there’s no telling whether it might find itself kidnapped once again.
The Stinker can be found on Shaftesbury Avenue in a little square next to the theatre. It was visited on Sunday 13 December 2015. For more Banksy related posts have a look at ‘10 Artists who have been compared to Banksy‘