DETROIT — An art gallery plans to sell a work that the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy created at an abandoned Detroit auto plant, a gallery official said Monday.
Carl Goines, who co-founded the 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios, said proceeds from the sale will go to expand the Detroit gallery’s programming. He said he is hoping the Banksy work will bring in between $200,000 and $1.2 million, which he said is the range of recent sales.
An 8-foot, 1,500-pound section of cinder-block wall featuring the stenciled artwork was removed from the Packard Plant site in 2010. It shows a figure of a child holding a bucket of red paint and a brush alongside the message: “I remember when all this was trees.”
The mural has been a centerpiece at 555’s space in southwest Detroit. Banksy is known for traveling the world and anonymously leaving his signature pieces in public areas.
The decision to sell the prized piece has been met with some criticism, Goines said.
“The response online is pretty volatile,” he said.