A potential new work of art from Banksy has just been discovered. Done in the elusive artist’s stencil style, the piece was found on the side of Reading Prison.
Many that gathered around the piece strongly believe it to be one of Banksy’s newest works as a bit of social commentary on what is currently happening with regards to freedom of speech on social media platforms. Others believe that this artwork was meant to shine a light on the historic value of the derelict prison. This is the same jail that once housed Oscar Wilde, and inspired The Ballad of Reading Gaol which he wrote when he was released in 1897. The prison has been vacant since 2013 and was put up for sale by the government in 2019 with hopes of eventually turning it into an art and cultural center.
The art sees a man climbing down the jail’s brick wall via tied bedsheets that form the paper in a typewriter. Banksy expert Prof Paul Gough commented that there is evidence that it could be Banksy, and that, “at the moment it would take a good copier to get that right.” Meaning if it was a fake, the copier has done their homework.
Though not confirmed, do check back as we will be updating you if/once Banksy confirms this as one of his on his Instagram account.
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