Banksy’s art objects appeared in Ukrainian cities in the autumn of 2022, becoming symbols of support for the Ukrainian people. An attempt was made to steal one of the paintings in December 2022, but it was unsuccessful. However, something needed to be implemented to stop the vandalism.
Ukrainian security manufacturer Ajax Systems was appointed to deliver a solution for protecting the works of world-famous artist Banksy in the Kyiv region. Kyiv Regional Military Administration and the local administration took the initiative to develop the project.
Ajax wireless security systems now protect Banksy’s paintings in Borodyanka, Irpin, and Horenka. The art objects are protected against potential vandalism and weather conditions. Objects are monitored 24/7 by the Sheriff security company. In the event of theft or damage, the rapid security team will respond immediately. The paintings will be protected until delivered to the museum.
Banksy’s works have cultural and historical value for the country as a reminder that light will win over darkness. Attempts have already been made to vandalise, and resisting them is important.
Ajax’s partners and security engineers have found a way and delivering a successful solution in a challenging environment.
Valentine Hrytsenko, Ajax CMO commented, “Protecting such objects is challenging for any security system or installer. There were many obstacles: from destroyed buildings with paintings to no power supply. But with the assistance of the Kyiv Regional Administration and the Ministry, we were able to find and bring necessary solutions to life. We are happy to see Ajax products protect culture even during challenging times.”
Heorhii Yerko, acting head of the village council of Borodyanka, said, “We are grateful to Ajax Systems for fast responding and protecting the paintings. These art objects are war artefacts that we must preserve for Ukrainians. Our cities have suffered from significant destruction, and these art objects represent an unbreakable belief that life will definitely win.”
The MotionCam Outdoor PhOD motion detectors and DoorProtect Plus opening detectors protect the objects against attempts to damage or approach the artwork. The built-in sensors react to shocks and vibrations. In case of an alarm, the StreetSiren siren activates, and the rapid response team arrives. The transparent polycarbonate walls protect the artworks from the external environment. The picture of a judoka in Borodyanka also has a temporary protective structure with the LifeQuality smart air quality monitor inside. LifeQuality monitors the CO2, temperature, and humidity levels. The WallSwitch relay helps maintain the microclimate conditions to keep the painting safe.
The security system includes 20 detectors and four control panels (hubs). The detectors do not depend on a constant power supply. The control panel can be located in a remote room. The hub maintains communication with the devices at a distance of up to 1,700 meters and transfers alarms in less than 0.15 seconds.