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Banksy: Is this Nottingham street art by the mystery artist?

Bansky Nottingham BBC
(Image credit: BBC)

A new piece of street art suspected of being by Banksy has appeared on a wall in Nottingham. The image depicts a young girl hula hooping with what looks like a bicycle wheel, and is situated next to a real bicycle with its back wheel missing. 

Whether or not this piece will make it into our list of the best street art from around the globe remains to be seen. According to the BBC (opens in new tab), the work seems to have been created by the driver of a van with blacked out windows who pulled up by the spot near Ilkeston Road on Tuesday, but there has so far been no confirmation that it was made by Banksy. Banksy's Instagram account and website do not mention the artwork.

Nottingham City Council put up a protective screen over the artwork, but like the piece that appeared in Bristol over Valentine's Day (which was confirmed as a real Banksy), it was soon defaced by graffiti. 

It didn't take long for the street art to be covered up (Image credit: BBC)
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What could the artwork mean? Some thought that the bike could be a reference to the city's Raleigh factory, while others thought Nottingham might have been chosen because its high coronavirus infection rate. But many are questioning whether or not this is a real Banksy. Banksy expert Prof Paul Gough, of Arts University Bournemouth, told the BBC (opens in new tab) he had his doubts about the piece being a real Banksy. 

"The quality of the drawing in the hands and the feet isn't as accomplished as I've seen in other works," he said.

"And it's not as topical. The last four or five pieces Banksy's done have been really addressing the crisis we're in at the moment with wit and humour."

With no confirmation from the artist himself, we're inclined to agree that this doesn't look like the real deal. But does that make it any less worthy of public debate and admiration? We'll leave that up to you to decide. 

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Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Acting Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where her blogging prowess led her to become Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on art and design magazines, including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw, and got the 'Apple bug' when working on US title, Mac|Life. In 2018, she left the world of print behind and moved to Creative Bloq, where she now takes care of the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach through trying to please the Google Gods, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves ours readers as best it can. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.