real Banksy artwork appeared in Burnham-On-Sea garden?
artist Banksy may have painted a piece of his hallmark artwork on
a Burnham-On-Sea garden wall and at a town centre pub on Sunday.
black-coloured artwork, which appears on the wall of a seafront
garden, features the writing "Art thieves stole my art"
alongside an icon of some scissors, a hatched rectangle with Banksy's
signature, and an animal holding a pencil.
A second version of the same artwork was also left at The Railway
pub in Burnham High Street, as reported
seafront flat's owner, Ann Davies, pictured, is the mother of Becky
Lyons who organised last month's successful Spray Jam street art
festival in Burnham.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Ann said: "I went out at 2pm for a couple
of hours and Becky sent me a message saying 'sorry mum!' She said
someone would paint something nice for me because I'd picked up
a few of the artists during Spray Jam from the station and did a
bit of running around."
said one of the lads would paint something nice on my wall - I thought
it would be an umbrella, some flowers or a girl or something. I
said nothing 'too rude or anything!' She should 'no, it would be
very tasteful' and when I came back at around 6pm, this is what
lovely - really nice. It is a bit of fun. People as they go by have
been doing double-takes and then coming back to take a second look."
Lyons, who organised Burnham's recent Spray Jam festival, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I honestly don't know if this is a genuine Banksy or not,
but it wouldn't surprise me if it is. It's wonderful - it's very,
reason it could be genuine is that my mum lives at the flat and
she helped several artists during the recent Spray Jam festival.
One artist called SPO76, who created the seaside artwork on the
side of TA8s bar in Pier Street later had his artwork removed. My
mum drove him to the railway station and she looked after him during
the festival - and we understand he's friends with Banksy."
know that Banksy loves helping community projects like our festival,
so it is possible this is why it's appeared."
who teaches at a local school, added: "Another reason Banksy
could have done this is that I tried to take a group of students
to Dismaland in Weston on an official trip last year but unfortunately
we couldn't get tickets to go inside. This could be his way of making
up for that - and helping us."
artwork has been left just a few doors down from Burnham-On-Sea's
live seafront webcam so visitors to the artwork will be seen
through the day.
Meanwhile, a second Banksy and several other street art displays
have appeared at The Railway pub in Burnham over the weekend, as
had been numerous rumours circulating locally during recent weeks
that Banksy may create some artwork in Burnham with several venues
Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds added: "Spray Jam caused
a stir in the town and further afield. I understand that the organiser
is a friend of the artist who uses the moniker "Banksy"
- it is nice edition to the collection of artworks around the town.
Turner came and painted the bay in 1800 and we are starting to fill
the town with art and artists. But, you don't have to be an internationally
famous artist to enjoy a day out by the sea - everyone is welcome."