New Banksy in Nottingham? Speculation mystery artist is behind young girl mural

Excitement over hula-hooping girl piece that popped up in English city

A possible Banksy has popped up in Nottingham. Andrew Jackaman
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A mystery Banksy-style artwork has sprung up in the English city of Nottingham.

Banksy has not yet confirmed the piece is his but it does share a similar style to the world famous street artist.

The artwork appeared this morning in a busy street - a trademark sign it could belong to him.

The mural features a girl hula-hooping next to a bike with a missing wheel.

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 - even though it could have been sold for millions of pounds.

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

The elusive artist has not yet posted about the Nottingham piece on his Instagram account.

However, speculation was rife that the artist had visited the Midlands city at some stage yesterday as people took to Twitter to share pictures of the artwork.

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 throughout the world.

The cult hero recently weighed in on the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests.

He posted a portrait of a black figure with roses and a candle, in a funeral set-up. As you swipe though a run of further pictures, you see that the candle is setting the US flag alight.

He said in a statement accompanying the creation: "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."

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