A mural by Banksy has been recently recovered, previously stolen from the Bataclan theater back in 2019 in Abruzzo, Italy. The work made in honor of the victims of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, depicts a girl in mourning on the door of the Parisian theater but was soon after cut out and removed by “a group of hooded individuals armed with angle grinders.”
The Bataclan took to Twitter explaining: “Banksy’s work, a symbol of contemplation and belonging to all — locals, Parisians, citizens of the world — has been taken from us. The very essence of urban street art is to give life to a work of art in a particular environment, and we were persuaded that this work only made sense in this place. It’s why we wished to leave it there, free, in the street, accessible to all.”
Being quite a frequent target to thieves, Banksy’s previous work commemorating the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 revolt against Charles de Gaulle’s government was stolen from the outside of Paris’ Centre Pompidou in 2019.
The mourning girl’s recovering demanded year-long investigations that have taken place in several countries throughout Europe. Michele Renzo, the district attorney of the Italian city of L’Aquila said: “The finding was possible following investigations conducted by the district prosecutor in collaboration with the police and the French investigators.” According to the Agence France-Presse, French police discovered the work during a raid on an abandoned farmhouse in the Abruzzo region.