Mural Monday: Banksy is Back in Bristol

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Mural Art, Public Art
Mural Monday: Banksy is Back in Bristol

muralmonday: BANKSY

Today’s Mural Monday is all about the infamous and ever-elusive Banksy, who just created a new work in his hometown of Bristol. Titled “Forgiveness Is Easier To Get Than Permission,” the piece appeared overnight on a wall of Bridge Farm Primary School. Banksy created the surprise mural as a gift to the school, who recently named a building after him. A few weeks ago, the school held a competition to rename houses of the school. The winners were Blackbeard, Brunel, Cabot and Banksy.

The wall displays a child chasing a burning tire, a modified image of the Victorian playground game, hoop rolling. While Banksy depicts the flames and tire in a realistic manner, the child and setting are created in a kid-drawn doodle. Additionally, Banksy sent a letter to accompany the wall, which reads:

“Dear Bridge Farm School, thanks for your letter and naming a house after me.

“Please have a picture, and 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.”

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Through his note, Banksy encourages the schoolchildren to continue to decorate and enhance the wall. The artwork has been very well received, as the school and community view the anonymous street artist as a hometown hero. Geoff Mason, the head teacher, stated that the school “has no plans to sell it” and intends to preserve the artwork. Mason finds the surprise mural to be “inspirational and aspirational” to the children.

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Banksy

Arguably the most notorious street artist of today, Banksy has remained anonymous throughout his 20+ year career. His roots began with Bristol graffiti crew DryBreadZ in the early 1990s, from which he quickly realized that stencils were his preferred form of street art. Banksy began to gain more recognition in early 2000s when he moved to London and began to travel, as his politically-charged, satirical works began appearing internationally and images of which began spreading virally across the internet. Banksy’s work is often bold and daring, reaching beyond the typical scope of urban art. In 2005, Banksy created numerous works on the West Bank barrier with imagery of related to contemporary conflicts. Interest in Banksy dramatically increased when his 2010 documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop was released. In 2015, Banksy organized a temporary dystopian theme park in Weston-super-Mare, England, where he revealed 10 new works and showcased 58 other artists. Banksy has inspired countless artists, pushing the boundaries and definitions of urban art.

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