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By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
New Banksy mural appears in Birmingham
A new mural by artist Banksy has appeared in Birmingham with social media reporting the location as Vyse Street in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. While the mural itself depicts reindeer Banksy placed a a person identified as Ryan into the frame for the video to highlight homelessness.
Banksy posted a video of the mural along with the following:
God bless Birmingham.
In the 20 minutes we filmed Ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter – without him ever asking for anything.”
Barrie Hodge, head of fundraising and communications at Birmingham-based St Basil’s which works with young people to enable them to find and keep a home.
It’s great to see an internationally recognised artist highlight homelessness and rough sleeping. Unfortunately it’s becoming an all too common a sight in the city. I think all Brummies would like to see an end of rough sleeping and homelessness, which is often hidden, and at St Basils we’re working towards ending youth homelessness in the region.”
Find out more about Banksy here: banksy.co.uk
Discover more about St Basil’s at: stbasils.org.uk