Banksy has confirmed the artwork that appeared in Bristol yesterday is by his hand.

In a post on Banksy’s official Instagram page he confirmed the Valentine’s theme piece is his own work. He posted an image of the love bomb as the clocks turned midnight on Valentine’s.

The artwork by the Bristol-born Street Artist portrays a young girl with one hand holding a sling shot, still mid-action from firing roses – that are in reality ivy spray painted red and attached to the wall giving it a 3D effect –at the wall of the house it was painted on.

The artwork appeared in the early hours of yesterday morning and was spotted by James P. Bullock and his girlfriend at around 6.20am. They may have even seen it being created, as Bullock told ITV News West Country in a tweet: “Me and my girlfriend were heading that way to the gym this morning at about 6:20 and there were people with scaffolding up. Thought it was odd and then we walked passed it again this morning!”

Detail of the potential new Banksy. Image courtesy: ITV West Country

The artwork was painted on the side of a house owned by Edwin Simons who, coincidentally, celebrated his 67th birthday on the day it appeared. His daughter, Kelly Woodruff, 37, told The Guardian, “My slight worry is, we’ve got Storm Dennis coming on the weekend, so I really want to try and protect the roses.”

She added that the community has been calling the artwork “Valentine’s Banksy”.

It has already been covered with perspex to protect the artwork from vandals.