Banksy Gives Christmas Present To Liverpool
New Painting on car-park wall included on official website
A new work of art thought to be by the street artist Banksy has been found on a street in Liverpool's city centre. The mural was painted on the side of a building and shows a sky writing biplane drawing a heart in smoke. It appeared on the wall of a car park in Rumford Street.There's a similar work near London's Wapping Station which authenticates the work. This one went up sometime last week, by all accounts, and is pictured on Banksy's official site. Banksy works are sometimes difficult to authenticate but this work has all of the hallmarks of the artist and is without a doubt by the elusive artist. Liverpool has only one other known work by Banksy. It was created as part of the 2004 Liverpool Biennial and depicts a giant rat. It was executed on the wall of a derelict pub, in Berry Street. The building was recently sold for £114,000. A Liverpool City Council spokesmen would not be drawn on whether it's a cultural asset to the city, but said as it's not their building and as it doesn't appear to be offensive,so they would not be taking action to remove it.
This is the second Banksy to appear in the last month with another reported in West London on the 2 December See Link and a major sculpture depicting a Monopoly board popping up at the Occupy London protest at St Paul's cathedral in November.
Banksy's work typically includes satirical social and political commentary, and ranges from murals to sculpture and installation, often playing with the contextual aspects of the work. The artist's first solo show was held in 2002 at Los Angeles' 33 1/3 Gallery, and in 2003 he was commissioned to design to cover of Blur's ThinkTank. Today, Banksy's work appears internationally; most notably, he painted nine sardonic images on the Palestinian side of the West Bank barrier. In Summer 2009, Banksy took over the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery with an exhibition attracting over 300,000 visitors and hour-long queues all the way down the road. Most recently the artist has experimented with film, achieving an Oscar nomination for his documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop.
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