School children at Bridge Farm Primary School arrived at school yesterday to a surprise as some time overnight an eye-opening new mural by the famous street artist Banksy had appeared on a building which just so happens to share the same name as the anonymous street artist.
It all started around seven weeks ago when the school held a competition to rename some of the schools buildings and the winners were Brunel, Blackbeard, Cabot and Banksy. The artist has ties to the area after one of his artworks first appeared nearby in the 1990's.
When students returned from half-term they were delighted to find that Banksy had paid their school a visit and left behind a letter in response to the the one he received from the school informing him of their new house name. The mural itself depicts a stick figure child playing with a burning tyre, perhaps not the sort of mural you'd imagine appropriate for a child's playground but after all, art is open to interpretation and Banksy has always been the humorous and often controversial type.
Also attached to the mural was a letter. The school now plans to cover the mural in plastic in order to preserve the artwork.
“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.”