BANKSY opens his storefront, Gross Domestic Product, in Croydon's Town Centre
Opposite Surrey Street, Banksy has taken over a vacant retail unit and turned it into an incredible art installation, a shop called Gross Domestic Product, which makes a mass of political statements in Banksy’s immediately inimitable style.
There’s a mountain of worn-out orange lifejackets, and a Welcome doormat, sewn with the torn fabric of one lifejacket. There’s the union jack, bullet proof vest that Banksy made for Stormzy’s appearance at Glastonbury.
And a gravestone that simply says “You have reached your destination” in futuristic typeface. And a cot with 19 cameras all focussed on it. Also a host of clocks, with rats running around it.
In fact, there is so much being said in this Gross Domestic Product shop, that it has to be seen in person to be truly understood. The reflective glass on one side of it, means it’s hard to capture it all on camera.
Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon BID said: "We are thrilled that Banksy has chosen to exhibit in Croydon town centre. The excitement and joy Banksy brings to a destination is obvious for all to see. We highly recommend admirers of Banksy, wherever you are, to visit this new location for something extra special."
So, get yourself down to the corner on Church Street, opposite Surrey Street, for a free feast of Banksy’s works of art and the most thought-provoking window shopping you’ll ever do.