The charity Legacy of War was the victim of a russian cyber attack for auctioning works by the street artist banksy to help victims of war in Ukraine.
According to the NGO, he has in his possession some 50 serigraphs that Banksy specially made, each valued at £5,000 ($6,080). In them, a white mouse can be seen scratching a cardboard box that reads ‘fragile’; the scratches were done individually on each piece with a sharp pizza cutter.
That is why, each impression is onlyand they are numbered Y signed. This allows limiting the quantity to a single unit per person.
Despite the high popularity that these works may have, since last December 9 -when they were put up for sale- the NGO denounced having received more than 1 million registration requestsbetween them, 3,500 from hostile attacks launched from Russian IP addresses.
“We are currently reviewing registered entries and will notify successful applicants shortly,” read a brief statement the entity posted on its website. They also thanked the people for their support for “our friends from Ukraine” and asked for “patience” at this time.
With the money from this action, the CEO of Legacy of War, Giles Duleycommented that they will buy gas generators, heaters Y panels solar to help people cope with the harsh winter. Also, the funds will be used for the acquisition of new ambulances Y support vehicles that the entity uses in Ukraine to rescue people with disabilities, the elderly and civilian victims, added the chain ITV.
Thus, “we will be able to continue our support for shelters in kyiv for women and the LGBTQ community,” Duley said.
Banksy chose Legacy of War to carry out this action after having seen them in action during his recent visit to Ukraine, in which he covered several walls in the main cities of the country with his art.
“In the Ukraine I saw a Legacy of War team interrupt and provide medical care, heaters, fresh water and a friendly face to some very desperate people in a bombardment outside a building,” he narrated, explaining that, on the other hand, they lent him one of his ambulances for work “which turned out to be extremely helpful when an angry babushka found me painting in her building and called the police.”
That is why he commented: “I feel like the least I should do is raise enough money to replace the license plates on the ambulances I heated up.”.
The robbery of one of the works
Of the seven murals streets that Banksy painted on destroyed buildings in kyiv and its surroundings last year, one was stolen in the last moment. It is about the work homemel which showed a woman in a gas mask and gown holding a red fire extinguisher.
This work had been carved on a burned wall, where the woman had been depicted standing by a royal window blackened by flames.
The police managed to recover the piece and is now under surveillance. However, this has aroused a wide public discussion in the country about what to do with the remaining works that have been painted on buildings that are scheduled for demolition.
Among them, stand out that of a gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble next to a bombed building and that of a man who resembles Vladimir Putin and flips over during a judo match with a boy.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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