Banksy’s Christmas Graffiti Gets Defaced Hours After Reindeer Are Painted
By Izza Sofia, 10 Dec 2019
Banksy unveiled a new street art in Birmingham, United Kingdom to highlight an important issue: homelessness.
In a festive-seeming video posted on the anonymous street artist’s Instagram, a homeless man named Ryan is seen having a drink before getting comfortable on a bench with his belongings.
The camera then pans outwards to show a pair of reindeer painted next to the bench, appearing as if they are carrying him away into the sky.
In the post’s caption, Banksy wrote that “20 minutes into filming,” Ryan had received a hot drink, a lighter, two chocolate bars and a lighter from warmhearted passers-by. “God bless Birmingham,” the artist said.
The mural first appeared on the brick wall last Friday and garnered more attention after Banksy announced it on his Instagram, the BBC reported.
Hours after the mural went live, it was defaced by an anonymous source who added two red noses onto the reindeer. While barriers were erected to protect the artwork, the vandal managed to jump over them.
Jewelry Quarter Business Improvement District Luke Crane told the BBC that the artwork comes at “a great time of the year,” the season of giving. Crane ensures the his city will protect the artwork, which he says is now a part of the community.
Incredibly in the last half hour someone has jumped the barriers which are around the #Banksy street art in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and has defaced it by spraying two red noses onto the reindeer. More on @bbcmtd at 6.30pm #banksyinbrum pic.twitter.com/EA5SrQaDHI— Ben Sidwell (@ben_sidwell) December 9, 2019
[via CBS News, opening image via Banksy]
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