PEOPLE have been wondering if their city has received a visit from world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy.
A stenciled graffiti recreating one of his most famous works – but with a slight twist as a tribute to the Queen – has surfaced near the canal at Royal Wootton Bassett.
The artwork is a recreation of the “Balloon Girl” depicting a windswept girl losing a heart-shaped balloon. The one discovered in Bassett is almost identical, except that it balloons EIIR – the Queen’s royal cipher.
One reader sent a photo and said: “Spotted this this morning while walking along the canal at Royal Wootton Bassett. Is it Banksy? I can’t tell, but it still looks impressive,” said a member of the public who stumbled upon it during this morning’s walk.
“It was just on a bridge that went over the railroad tracks, I can’t remember exactly which one. Most likely Noremarsh Bridge,” they added.
They went on to say that they spoke to some dog walkers, who said the artwork wasn’t there “earlier Sunday morning,” so it must have been painted sometime just before noon.
The dog walkers are said to have all seen “someone in the area”.
Bassett has strong ties to the Queen, as the city plays an important role in the return of repatriated soldiers who have died abroad and earns her royal patronage.
It was only the third city in the UK to receive such an honor and the first since 1909.
This would make it a fitting place for a Banksy dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II – and the Balloon Girl piece will be a fitting way for many to capture the emotion of losing the longtime monarch.
But Banksy usually claims his pieces shortly after making them on his Instagram page, and he very rarely rehashes old work, so we’ll have to wait and see if the infamous artist claims credit for this piece.
This isn’t the first possible-Banksy to be spotted in Swindon Area when a Banksy-style play popped up on the old Stagecoach bus depot in Altstadt in 2021.
While the black-and-white boy wore a flat cap and carried a sign that read ‘Wild Man on the Run. On the way to Bristol. Dodge News” in hand. caused a stir and was even protected by security.
It was never confirmed as Banksy and has been largely ignored ever since.
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