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VIDEO: Banksy's Season's Greetings Relocated To Gallery

Season's Greetings owner John Brandler and Ian Lewis at Ty’r Orsaf.

The artwork was moved by a crane, loaded onto a lorry and then escorted by police through Port Talbot.

It appeared overnight on steelworker Ian Lewis’s Taibach garage last December and news of its sudden arrival swept across the world with
people coming from as far afield as Australia to view it.

Hollywood star Michael Sheen took an interest, helping to pay for security, and the appeal of the elusive artist’s work nestling in the terraced streets of Taibach was so great, Neath Port Talbot Council had to send in staff to help control traffic.

The work was sold in January this year for a six figure sum to Essex gallery owner John Brandler who agreed to put the mural on show in Port Talbot for a time.

Its new home is at Ty’r Orsaf, an award winning homes and shops development opposite the town’s transport hub and railway station.

Experienced Port Talbot based building and civil engineering firm Andrew Scott Ltd undertook the tricky job of transporting the iconic Banksy, cutting the art work from the rest of the garage with a diamond drill.

Afterwards, a sturdy steel framework was put in place to act as a cradle when the artwork was lifted by into the air – the strain being put on the steel frame, not the artwork. The Banksy was successfully loaded onto a lorry and taken with a police escort to Ty’r Orsaf – photographed all the way by members of the public, press and media - where it was successfully installed.

The section of wall on which Season’s Greetings was painted weighs around 4.5 tonnes.

The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Rob Jones said afterwards: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Welsh Government, Pobl and Mr Brandler on this and our thanks go to Andrew Scott Ltd for an excellent job in moving this piece of art.”

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