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Banksy ‘separation wall’ artwork draws crowds to ExCeL trade show

PUBLISHED: 17:13 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 07 November 2018

Banksy's latest artwork drew huge crowds to the ExCeL centre. Pic: PETER ROWE

Banksy's latest artwork drew huge crowds to the ExCeL centre. Pic: PETER ROWE

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Trade fairs don’t normally attract world famous graffiti artists - but then again, Banksy isn’t exactly known for being conventional.

A surge of people blocked the aisles as they rushed towards the artwork as soon as the doors opened at the World Travel Market event at the ExCeL yesterday (Tuesday).

The piece at the fair’s Palestine stand is a replica of a section of the 400 mile barrier wall separating Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. It shows two angels, one representing Israel and the second Palestine.

Banksy posted a message on social media days before the two-day fair calling on fans to register pretending to be travel agents.

He wrote: “Opening my first ever stall at a trade fair next week. I’ve painted a replica separation barrier to promote the Walled Off hotel, ironically the neighbours have complained it’s too tall.”

The boutique hotel was set up by the elusive Bristol artist alongside the wall.

Visitors described people blocking the aisles and organisers threatening to shut the stand down if fans didn’t form an orderly queue.

The fair ends today.

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