The notoriously naughty street artist, Banksy, went back to school this week, to Bridge Farm primary school, the artist’s home town of Bristol.
Overnight the artist left a large child-like doodle of a school girl rolling an incredibly realistic flaming tyre sprayed across the 14 ft wall of the playground for the children to return to after half-term.
The mural is a gesture of gratitude from Banksy as the school named one of their houses after him. Banksy had been contacted by the pupils before Easter informing him they’d voted to rename one of their four school houses in his honour. The houses were named after “Bristol legends”, and the others include: Cabot, after the 15th-century Italian explorer John Cabot, who began three voyages of exploration from Bristol; Brunel after the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who devised the famous suspension bridge over the city’s Avon Gorge; and Blackbeard, after the pirate said to have been born in Bristol – so Banksy’s in good company.
The school’s head teacher, Geoff Mason, has confirmed that they have no plans to send the work to the auction room, which is where many of his murals end up – and said that it is “inspirational and aspirational” for the pupils. He continued, “We are very thrilled about it, and it’s great for the school community …. I ‘m sure it will inspire the children. The staff had to make quite a few calls this morning to make sure nobody cleaned it off. It really is amazing.”
In character mischievous style, Banksy also left a note addressed to the ‘care taker, which is now framed, reading: “Dear Bridge Farm, 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 wont mind. Remember – it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love, Banksy.”