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Banksy confirms new hula hooping girl mural is his

'Having the Banksy confirmed as genuine has given us a much-needed boost – it’s amazing for our city,' a Nottingham resident says

The new Banksy artwork in Nottingham. Reuters
The new Banksy artwork in Nottingham. Reuters

Banksy confirmed a new work in the English city of Nottingham is his and not an aspiring new talent.

The artist posted a picture of the mural showing a girl hula hooping with a tyre from a broken bicycle.

A real bike without its rear wheel was abandoned next to the mural.

“Everyone is very excited and many, many people are coming to see the picture," said Surinder Kaur, 42, who runs a beauty salon next to the artwork.

"Everyone was confused about whether it was real or not real but it’s an amazing picture. It’s amazing art."

Another resident, Antonia Gardner, said the artwork was good news for the area.

“Lately we’ve been in the news for the wrong reasons, probably most obviously as having the highest Covid rates in the country,” she said.

“Having the Banksy confirmed as genuine has given us a much-needed boost – it’s amazing for our city to be part of Banksy’s canon of work.”

In July, a Banksy artwork encouraging people to wear face masks appeared on a Tube train in London.

Believing it was vandalism, Tube workers removed the piece, but it could have been sold for millions of pounds.

Banksy has been active since the 1990s and first rose to fame in Bristol.

Banksy's work is typically satirical and political in nature.

His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges around the world.

Banksy recently weighed in on the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests.

He posted a portrait online of a black figure with roses and a candle, in a funeral set-up.

As you swipe though further pictures, you see that the candle is setting the US flag alight.

"At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem. It’s mine," he wrote.

"People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. This faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t – no one will let them in the apartment upstairs.

"This is a white problem and if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in."

Updated: October 19, 2020 10:29 AM

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