It’s a Banksy robbery!
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 27th November 2020
It’s a Banksy robbery! Bicycle ‘stolen,’ from hula-hooping girl art
A bicycle that appeared as part of Banksy’s artwork of a hula-hooping girl in Nottingham has gone missing.
Locals in Nottingham were delighted when the elusive artist adorned the outside of a salon wall with a black-and-white stencil of a girl hula hooping with a bicycle tyre on October 13.
But the bike chained to a post in front of the wall in Rothesay Avenue as part of the piece has now gone missing.
Resident Tracy Jayne discovered it had vanished on Sunday morning.
She told the BBC: ‘The artwork records an important part of Nottingham’s history, Raleigh bikes.
‘My late husband worked for Raleigh until it closed in 2002. He died at age 48 in 2017.
Tracy Jayne discovered the bike was missing on Sunday morning, she said it showed ‘sheer disrespect,’ against the artwork, which has been covered to prevent it being vandalised
‘It’s such a shame if someone has stolen the bike. It’s sheer disrespect and saddens me very much.’
Speaking at the time the artwork appeared, Surinder Kaur, 42, who runs the beauty salon next to the artwork, said the bike had appeared at the same time as the mural.
‘He brought the bike with him – there is one tyre on the bike and the other tyre is in the picture as the little girl’s hula hoop,’ Kaur said.
She told the PA news agency that within hours, the council had rushed to protect the piece by placing clear plastic sheeting over it.
Valuers believe the piece was worth more than £214,000 average house price on the Nottingham street.
Banksy claimed the artwork by sharing it on his Instagram page on October 17.
One follower replied at the time: ‘I hope someone doesn’t take their bike away.’
According to the BBC, the bike’s disappearance has not been reported to Nottinghamshire Police or Nottingham City Council
THE STORY WHEN THE ARTWORK APPEARED – Dated 15th October 2020
‘Banksy’ artwork appears on Nottingham wall
A piece of street art in the style of elusive graffiti artist Banksy has appeared on a wall in Nottingham.
The creation, outside a beauty salon in Ilkeston Road, Lenton, depicts a girl hula-hooping near a real bicycle with its back wheel missing.
The artist has not authenticated the work on his Instagram account or by any other means.
But shortly after a protective screen was put over, the artwork was vandalised.
A spokeswoman for Banksy told the BBC she did not have any information on it.
It comes as the city remains the highest in the country for coronavirus infection rates, with some speculating Banksy could have chosen Nottingham for that reason.
Others wondered whether the bike was a nod to the city’s famous Raleigh factory.
A shop owner described seeing the artwork unfold when a van “with blacked out windows” pulled up at about 17:00 BST on Tuesday.
Alex Mitchell, 31, said: “I only saw the driver. I didn’t know what was going on or whether I should call the police.
“He pretended like he had broken down but he was there for at least two hours.”
Mr Mitchell said at one point the man came in and bought two Ribenas.
He said a piece of cardboard was left “gaffa taped to the wall” and when he returned the next day, the same person was there again.
“I asked him ‘who is the artist’ and he just winked at me,” he said.
“I’m not going to say whether it is Banksy or not, it definitely looks like one but no-one saw who painted it.
“Maybe he was just passing through.”
Surinder Kaur, who owns the salon the artwork has appeared on but does not own the building, said she had never heard of Banksy.
She said: “I just saw people taking photos of the side of the shop and thought ‘what’s that about?’
“I’m shocked and excited. It’s such a nice painting and if it is a Banksy – wow!”
Josinya Powell, 39, said: “Nottingham needs something like this right now – something to talk about rather than coronavirus.
“If it is Banksy that’d be amazing – I’d say to him ‘thanks babes’.”
Amanda Forest, 49, said: “With Nottingham being in the headlines because of Covid it’s something to put a smile on your face.
“Even if you’re not interested in art, everyone knows Banksy.”
Banksy expert Prof Paul Gough, from Arts University Bournemouth, said he had his doubts as to whether this was the real deal.
“The quality of the drawing in the hands and the feet isn’t as accomplished as I’ve seen in other works,” he said.
“And it’s not as topical. The last four or five pieces Banksy’s done have been really addressing the crisis we’re in at the moment with wit and humour.”
In July, a Banksy artwork encouraging people to wear face masks appeared on a Tube train in London.
And in September, Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan dismissed rumours Banksy was his secret alias.
Nottingham City Council said the artwork has “attracted interest and excitement”, “Banksy or not”.
It put a temporary plastic covering over the work to protect it, but urged people not to congregate around the piece due to coronavirus restrictions.
Shortly after the transparent film had been placed over the artwork, it was vandalised.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
— Richard L. Evans
Happiness is…having a Banksy on your outside wall.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I bought a dog off a blacksmith today. As soon as I got it home it made a bolt for the door.
WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …
A time to view a Banksy…A time to visit a traditional art gallery.
SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD
I am grateful for and love to see the intricacy of the leafless branches of the trees of Autumn/Winter. Natures own artwork
SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT
The IT Crowd
The IT Crowd is a British sitcom originally broadcast by Channel 4, written by Graham Linehan, produced by Ash Atalla and starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry.
3 February 2006 –27 September 2013
No. of episodes 25
VIZ MAGAZINE TOP TIPS
PRETEND to be Bruno Tonioli by never finishing a sentence seated.
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