A day after a Banksy hoax reporting that the acclaimed street artist had been arrested; another of the artist’s public works have been vandalised. Banksy’s recreation of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring re-named; ‘Girl with the Pierced Eardrum’, has been attacked hours after it was unveiled. The Bristol based artist’s interpretation of one of the world’s most iconic pieces of art replaces the original portrait’s glowing pearl earring with a security alarm box fixed to the wall.
But the artwork on a dockside wall in Banksy’s hometown appeared to have been splattered with black paint today. The street artist created the work at Hanover Place, near the city’s docks, but it appeared to have been vandalised by Tuesday morning. A photo of it appeared on his website on Monday at the same time as a hoax story about the artist being arrested was circulating.
Yet this was yet another prank that duped the internet, with the street artist’s name quickly trending on Twitter.
The story claimed that the Police had raided Banksy’s London art studio, where “thousands of dollars of counterfeit money along with future projects of vandalism” were found, along with ID thought to belong to the renowned yet anonymous street artist, which was stated allegedly identified him as Liverpool-born Paul Homer.
Even Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch was one of those who fell for the internet hoax, complaining to the Met on Twitter.
“Bristol’s brand new Banksy mural has already been damaged. Splattered with paint after just a few hours.” Was tweeted by a BBC journalist earlier.
Previousy shortly after a Banksy mural appeared in Folkstone, it was also vandalised. The piece depicted a woman staring at an empty plinth while wearing headphones with her hands clasped behind her back. The piece called ‘Art Buff’, was defaced by an unknown attacker who spray-painted the addition of a penis to the plinth of the artwork in Payers Park in Folkestone, Kent.