— StreetArtNews (@streetartnews) June 6, 2016
Banksy has secretly trespassed onto one of Bristol’s primary schools during the half term break to leave a surprise ‘present’ for its children.
The artist, from Bristol, painted a stick-wielding child chasing a burning tyre on the side of Bridge Farm Primary in Whitchurch while students were on holiday, after they recently named a school house after him.
It was discovered as teachers returned from the half-term break along with a letter saying ‘it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission’.
— Jon Kay (@jonkay01) June 6, 2016
Dear Bridge Farm School. Thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture. 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.
A spokesman for Banksy confirmed to BBC News that the artwork is genuine.
Although in 2014, a mural left on the door of a youth club in Bristol featuring a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones was removed, Bridge Farm Primary head teacher Geoff Mason intends to preserve the mural and has ‘no plans to sell it’.
He said the surprise addition to the school is ‘inspirational and aspirational’ for his pupils, according to the BBC.
Back from half-term holiday only to find an original Banksy on the playground wall. Bridge Farm School in Bristol. pic.twitter.com/ZgMglDjMnZ
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This is the latest piece of artwork by Banksy to appear in his home city, and BBC correspondent Jon Kay says, in his experience, a ‘sudden Banksy surprise like the one in the school playground normally means a bigger summer stunt will soon follow’.
Does this mean we’ll be seeing more of Banksy very soon?