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Banksy Reveals Welsh Garage Graffiti Is His Work

New Banksy Piece Emerges Wales has been Banksyed – with the world famous street artist revealing that he is indeed behind a new piece of graffiti which appeared on...

New Banksy Piece Emerges

Wales has been Banksyed – with the world famous street artist revealing that he is indeed behind a new piece of graffiti which appeared on the side of a garage overnight. Speculation that the anonymous artist was behind the mural in Port Talbot, South Wales, had been mounting, with residents convinced it was his.

Banksy has now confirmed it with a video on Instagram showing close-ups of the finished piece, which is seemingly a comment on the town’s industrial heritage. Simply captioned “Season’s greetings,” the clip was viewed more than 200,000 times within an hour of being posted.

On one side of the building, the artwork depicts a child playing in what appears to be falling snow. However, the other side tells a different story, revealing it is, in fact, ash being emitted from a skip fire.

Soundtracked by the children’s song Little Snowflake, the video shows the artwork before panning to show the steelworks which loom over the town. In July, black dust from the steelworks covered houses and cars in the area.

At the end of the video, a man, thought to be a resident, is seen looking at the art, saying: “They’ve not dropped a Banksy on us, have they?” It is believed to be the first Banksy street art to appear in Wales. Ian Lewis, who owns the garage and is a steelworker for the town’s Tata Steel steelworks, said he first saw the artwork when images began to spread on Facebook.

The 55-year-old said: “I thought it was good, but I didn’t think it was a Banksy. It’s now gone viral, and there’s just been an explosion (in interest). “I didn’t know much about Banksy up until about last year. A friend visited Bristol and she showed me some photographs she’d taken of his work.”

Mr Lewis said he had “no idea” what his plans were with regards to the artwork. Workers for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council have erected metal fencing around the garage wall.

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