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Banksy Confirms That Valentine's Day-Inspired Artwork Is His

Banksy Confirms That Valentine's Day-Inspired Artwork Is His

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).

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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."

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The little girl in the artwork. Credit: SWNS
The little girl in the artwork. Credit: SWNS

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."

People have been appreciating the artwork. Credit: SWNS
People have been appreciating the artwork. Credit: SWNS

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!"

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Banksy

Topics: Art, Community, UK, Banksy

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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