Two days ago National Report claimed that Banksy was arrested and London Police revealed his “true” identity, there were doubts whether the news were just a rumor. Every now and then someone spreads the word that Banksy is arrested, or the police revealed his true name and identity. This time, the street artist has silenced the rumor mill immediately by putting a fresh piece at the Albion Dockyard in Bristol.
The piece is based on Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer’s masterwork “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. Showing Banksy’s love for using his surroundings within his art to deliver a more powerful and convincing message, the street artist painted around a bright yellow alarm box and named the piece “The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum”. The street artist, also injected humour into the piece with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the burger van opposite the piece, with the caption “Gallery cafe open Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.”. Imaginative, as always.
* Words by Kristel Liakou