Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Banksy Takes Shots at Valentine's Day in Surprise New Mural

Banksy Takes Shots at Valentine's Day in Surprise New Mural

The work is expected to bring increased visitors and tourists to the Barton Hill area of Bristol, as people from around the world continue to visit the city where Banksy is from and where so many of his graffiti pieces are on display.

The artwork, in Marsh Lane, features a stencilled image of a girl firing a slingshot of red flowers and leaves.

News of the Banksy first emerged on Twitter, with Bristol Somali Community Association writing: "Today in Barton Hill, we woke up with this remarkable mural art painted on one of the houses of the area".

Banksy published a picture of the work on his Instagram page at midnight on Valentine's Day.

Mr Simons's daughter, Kelly Woodruff, 37, found out about it after being tagged in a Facebook post.

'We hope it's Banksy's work.

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One local resident, James Bullock, tweeted that he had seen the piece early on Thursday morning.

He also posted an image of the new artwork to his website.

She also said the family were looking to get glass to cover the art to preserve it, but said Bristol City Council was unable to offer any help.

How do you interpret the Valentine's Day artwork by Banksy? "Whoever painted, it's worth admiring their creativity".

"Thought it was odd and then we walked past it again this morning!"

This piece joins Banksy's other array of famous graffiti pieces throughout Bristol, including The Mild Mild West, Gorilla in a Pink Mask and Well Hung Lover.

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