The Cans Festival
Banksy hosted an exhibition called The Cans Festival in London, over the weekend of 3-5 May 2008. It took place on Leake Street, a road tunnel formerly used by Eurostar underneath London Waterloo station. Graffiti and stencil artists were invited to join in and paint their own artwork, the only condition being that their art could not cover anyone else’s.
Open Wall Stencil Area
Ever since that time, the space has taken on a new life. It is now a kind of cool, cultural hang out, and is a permanent, legal graffiti space that street art tourists from all over the world flock to. It has bars, gig venues and other flexible spaces.
Banksy even set up his temporary Leake Street cinema for the release of his film Exit Through The Gift Shop in one of the ancillary tunnels. It has a radically different “feel” to it now than it did before the festival. It’s a bit ironic that graffiti actually transformed this previously uninviting, dangerous area into a space that is an asset to the community.
Banksy Murals at the Cans Festival
Wall Paper Paint