Banksy has surprised pupils and teachers at a school in Bristol by painting a 6ft mural on a wall, after a classroom was named in the street artist’s honour.
The mural, which shows a child chasing a burning wheel, was sprayed on a wall at Bridge Farm Primary School in the artist’s home city – and was discovered after pupils returned from half term today.
The artist also accompanied the piece with a handwritten letter, in which he thanked the school for naming a classroom after him.
Banksy wrote: “Dear Bridge Farm School. Thanks for your letter and naming a house after me.
“Please have a picture. If you don’t like it feel free to add stuff. I’m sure the teachers won’t mind. Remember – it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love Banksy.”
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It’s thought that the work is Banksy’s unique take on hoop rolling, a popular children’s game during the Victorian era.
The piece also features a scrawling of a small house and a flower, alongside the artist’s signature.
The mural is the latest Banksy piece to emerge in Bristol, and comes after previous pieces were sold at auction for upwards of £500,000.
Previous works to appear in the city include 2014’s ‘Girl With A Pierced Eardrum’, a unique take on Vermeer’s 17th century painting Girl With A Pearl Earring.