Possible Banksy mural found of child urinating on artist’s name in street

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Birmingham residents are intrigued after a mysterious mural appeared near a canal over the weekend, bearing a similar style to that of anonymous street artist Banksy.

The black and white piece depicts a young boy urinating onto letters which spell out "Banksy".

It has been sprayed onto a wall on the towpath at Gas Street Basin in the city centre, near Pierrepoint Restaurant, and was drawn sometime over the weekend, Birmingham Live reports.

People walking past have been stopping and taking pictures, with many speculating as to whether the mysterious graffiti artist was responsible – or if it's someone copying him.

Lawyer Andrew Thomas spotted it as he walked to work on Monday morning.

"It wasn't there on Friday, but was there today , so must have been drawn over the weekend," he said.

"Because the little boy appears to be urinating on Banksy's name, I'm wondering if it's an 'anti Banksy'?

"Or it could be another street artist paying homage to him?

"People have been walking past and some are stopping to take pictures."

In December 2019, a mural was drawn on a railway bridge wall in Vyse Street, Jewellery Quarter, showing reindeers pulling a bench with a homeless man on it.

That was later proven to be an original Banksy and is now the property of Network Rail who have left it in place but put a perspex screen over it to protect it.

More than 60 pieces of street art have been attributed to Banksy since the 1990s. Those which have been sold have fetched millions of pounds.

Despite being active for nearly 30 years, the identity of Banksy remains unknown.

Over the years a number of famous Brits have been speculated to be the elusive artist, including former Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan and 3D from Massive Attack.

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