Some English schoolchildren arrived back at their classroom today (6th June) to find a Banksy masterpiece painted on the side of their building.
The infamous street artist painted a wall of Bridge Farm Primary School, near Bristol, to thank it for honouring him.
The mural which is becoming known as “Back to School” is of a stick-man drawing of a child rolling a burning tyre. It was made after a seven-year-old pupil won his suggestion of naming a school house Banksy.
A note was left pinned to the wall next to the artwork addressed to the ‘Caretaker’. He also invited the kids to add stuff of their own if they didn’t like it. “Remember – it’s alway easier to get forgiveness than permission” he advised.
The Head also received a telephone call to confirm that it was genuine.
The school is getting the artwork covered with perspex to stop other graffiti artists destroying it.
‘Defacing’ walls with art and graffiti in England, is regarded as a criminal offence unless you have permission. Hence most of Banky’s work is carried out undercover at night and super-fast; usually spraying pre-made stencils.
Many thanks to Frankie Bean for inviting me as guest blogger – Southampton Old Lady – author of Snips & Snaps
and Art So Provident