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Latest Banksy Artwork in Bristol as a Present for a School

June 6, 2016
Gordana Sretenović. Teaching English and writing for a living. Obsessed with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Desires to travel the world and not have a permanent address. Occasionally writes poetry.

Banksy is in Bristol again! The elusive street artist went back to his hometown to paint an adorable piece on the wall of the school while the children were on their half term. When they got back to the Bridge Farm Primary School, they were surprised by the original artwork by one of the most famous and most influential graffiti artists of today who decided to leave a token of appreciation, since the school recently named one of the houses after the mysterious artist. The piece is a 14ft image of a child with a stick chasing a burning tire and it was signed by the scarlet pimpernel of the contemporary urban art himself, and will surely become one of Bristol attractions. Banksy’s spokesman confirmed that the artwork is genuine, and the head teacher of the Bridge Farm Primary, Geoff Mason intends to preserve the mural with no plans of selling it. He also stated that the new piece in the school’s surroundings is “inspirational and aspirational” for the pupils.

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Banksy encouraged the children to add to the mural if they wish to do so via dailymail.co.uk

Back to School

Banksy must have entered the school premises over the half term to leave the present for the kids of Bristol, an act of trespassing easily forgivable when we consider the fact that his artwork is invaluable. The piece was discovered by the school caretaker who found a note as well that stated:

“Dear Bridge Farm School, Thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture. If you don’t like it feel free to add stuff, I’m sure the teachers won’t mind – remember, it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love, Banksy.”

And indeed, the artist himself has proven that it is in fact much easier to receive forgiveness, especially when you create something beautiful and inspirational for the young generations of children who may one day become the next Banksy.

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The artist painted a child wielding a stick and chasing a burning tire via dailymail.co.uk

Giving Back to the Community

The head teacher Geoff Mason told the Bristol Post that he thinks that the mural was created over the weekend, and finished last night, but of course, nobody can be sure of this. He said that the Bristol school ran a competition to change the house names, and the decision was made to name them after the legends of Bristol. Naturally, they included Banksy, since he is one of the most famous people coming from this town. The other three houses were named Blackbeard, Cabot, and Brunel. Everybody at the school is overwhelmed and thrilled that the mural is there, and they feel it will bring much positivity to the community and inspire the children. The artwork depicting a modern take on the Victorian game of hoop rolling will surely bring joy to the kids and make the school period easier for them, as they will be able to see that not everybody needs to pursue a career in the corporate world in order to be successful, and help adults realize that nurturing creativity is essential for the better upbringing of the young minds.

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The letter Banksy left for the children via John Kay’s Twitter profile

Banksy in Bristol

The mural on the wall of the Bristol’s Bridge Farm School is not the only Banksy piece in the town of Bristol. One of the most famous (or infamous) Banksy’s works Grim Reaper was painted on the side of the former cargo ship Thekla in Bristol harbor, removed in August of 2014 in order to preserve it and protect it from damage, now on display in Bristol’s M Shed. The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum first appeared on a building in Albion Docks in Hanover Place in October of 2014, near the Bristol Marina. Well-Hung Lover on Frogmore Street is a piece painted on the side of a sexual health clinic. Mobile Lovers, depicting a couple in a loving embrace while checking their smartphones was painted in 2014 on the door of the youth club in Bristol, later removed by Dennis Stinchcombe who run the club, and later sold for over $580,000 to a private collector. What do you think about Banksy’s latest Bristol piece? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Featured image via dailymail.co.uk