Banksy Confirms That Valentine's Day-Inspired Artwork Is His
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Banksy has confirmed that new artwork spotted in Bristol is his - well, that's if posting a picture of it on Instagram represents confirmation of authorship (which we're sure it does).
The anonymous street artist waited until midnight before he announced that he was in fact the creator of the artwork, which can be seen on the wall of a house in Bristol.
Residents in the Barton Hill area of the city woke up to the artwork on the side of a house on Thursday morning - it shows a young girl firing a bunch of flowers from a slingshot.
The Bristol Somali Community Association posted photos of the artwork on Twitter. They said: "Today in Barton Hill, we woke up with this remarkable mural art painted on one of the houses of the area.
"We hope it's Banksy's work. Come and have a look yourself. Whoever painted, it's worth admiring their creativity."
The owner of the house has described his delight at finding out that the potential Banksy artwork had appeared on his property - and on his birthday.
Edwin Simons, 67, said: "I'm shocked, absolutely shocked. How do we protect it? That's all there is in my mind. I don't want it vandalised. We want to protect it. I will never take it down - if I can protect it. I don't know what I'm going to do. We need someone with some knowledge about it.
"I've always been fascinated by Banksy. I think he's brilliant, absolutely brilliant - and he's more brilliant now! We never thought this would happen to us. I think it needs to be covered in anti-vandal paint. But I don't know how you would protect the flowers. We need to get some advice."
Landlord Edwin, from Longwell Green, Bristol, has owned the property - currently valued at around £235,000 - for 15 years. It is divided into three flats, with the Valentine's Day-inspired artwork on the exterior of the building's left side.
He said: "The price [of the house] doesn't come into it for me - it's just brightened my day. It looks like it's a Banksy. We might have to put a frame over it; I don't know how we will protect it otherwise.
"It's a good birthday present. It's brought me out of the dumps. If there's anyone who can help us - the door's open!"