Take him to Banksy! Nottingham beauty salon is wealthy as Banksy unveils new illustration of hula-hoop girl with a crumbling bicycle tire on her wall
Banksy posted a photo of a mural of a little girl in a hula hoop on his Instagram account, ending speculation he was behind the work.
The piece appeared on a wall last Tuesday at the corner of Rothesay Avenue in Lenton, Nottingham.
Sprayed in black and white, the ironic image is found just behind a battered bicycle chained to a lamppost with an infinity lock.
The bike is missing a tire.
Surinder Kaur, 42, who runs the beauty salon next to the artwork, said the bicycle appeared alongside the mural.
She told the PA News Agency that within hours the council rushed to protect the article by placing a clear plastic tarp over it.
Vandals have already painted two or three times on plastic.
“Everyone is very excited and lots and lots of people are coming to see the picture,” Ms. Kaur said.
“Everyone was confused as to whether it was real or not, but it’s an amazing picture, it’s amazing art.”
Banksy’s ‘decentralized parliament’ – featuring the Houses of Parliament filled with chimpanzees – sold for £ 9.9million last year, setting a new record for his work according to review site MyArtBroker .com.
Many of his murals have also been lifted from the walls and sold, with Kissing Coppers – an image of two male police officers in an embrace on the side of a Brighton pub – selling for £ 350,000 in 2011.
Ms Kaur said: “Unfortunately I do not own the property, I am renting.
“He brought the bike with him – there’s one tire on the bike and the other tire is pictured as the little girl’s hoop.”
Ms Kaur, who only recently reopened after the lockdown, said many people came to her living room to ask questions about the mural, but she is not sure if it will give her business a boost.
“Let’s see – I’m not sure about anything yet,” she said.
In July, a Banksy piece of art inspired by the coronavirus appeared on a London Underground train.
A series of rats were stenciled around a car wearing masks, sneezing, or clutching hand sanitizer in a play titled If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get.
Transport for London quickly removed the article in line with its anti-graffiti policy, but said: “We appreciate the feeling of encouraging people to wear masks.”
This summer, Banksy used the sale of his works of art to fund a 30-meter motor yacht to rescue migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
Named after 17th-century French anarchist Louise Michel, it features Banksy’s artwork outdoors.