Streets | Banksy Surprises Kids with Elementary School Mural in Bristol, England

June 7, 2016  |  Streets

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The world’s most famous street artist is known for inciting controversy with his guerrilla installations, but yesterday Banksyshowed off a more genteel approach when his latest mural was unveiled at a public elementary school in Bristol. Created for the children of Bridge Farm Primary in the artist’s hometown of Bristol, England, as a thank you gift after the kids voted to name a school house on campus after the local art star, the massive mural depicting a stick figure child rolling a flaming tire was accompanied by a letter from the artist reading:

“Dear Bridge Farm School. 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 won’t mind. Remember – it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. much love Banksy.”

Geoff Mason, who has been headmaster of the 550-pupil school for the past 15 years, told the Daily Mail he was ‘thrilled’ by the piece. “I received a phone call this morning just before seven o’clock to inform me that we had a new addition to the school in the form of a piece of artwork by Banksy,’ Mr Mason said. “I arrived to find this beautiful mural painted by Banksy. I think its fantastic that Banksy, who is so famous, has chosen to do this at our school. It was a complete surprise but I am thrilled.”

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Reception class school children skip past a mural, attributed to graffiti artist Banksy, painted on the outside of a class room at the Bridge Farm Primary School in Bristol, Britain June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A Banksy signature on a mural which was painted on the side of one of the classrooms at Bridge Farm Primary in Bristol during half-term.

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