Banksy signs mural at elementary school

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London, June 7 (IANS) Administrators at an elementary school in Bristol, England, arrived in the morning to find acclaimed street artist Banksy had painted a mural on one of the facility’s walls as a gift to students.

The mysterious artist, whose identity is unknown, took advantage of a school break last week to complete his work depicting a girl rolling a tyre in flames, EFE news reported.

Banksy left behind a letter that was found by the Bridge Valley School’s principal.

The street artist expressed his gratitude for having one of the buildings in the school named after him in a vote by students.

Principal Geoff Mason said his intention was to preserve the mural where Banksy painted it, adding that “there are no plans to sell it”.

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“I got here and found this beautiful mural painted by Banksy. It’s fantastic that Banksy, such a famous person, chose to do this in our school,” Mason said.

The school had sent the artist a letter informing him about the use of his name on one of the facility’s buildings, but Mason said they were not expecting such a response.

Many of Banksy’s murals in London and other cities have been sold or auctioned off for hundreds of thousands of pounds.

A Banksy work, titled “Slave Labour”, was removed from the wall in north London’s Wood Green district, where it had been painted, and later sold for more than $1.1 million at an auction.



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