Banksy claims Port Talbot mural is his latest work

Lawrence Kim
December 20, 2018

The mysterious artwork, which depicts what on one side seems to be a child playing in falling snow, appeared on two sides of the building in Port Talbot, South Wales, overnight. The other side reveals that the "snow" is actually falling ash and smoke from a fire in a dumpster.

"They've not dropped a Banksy on us, have they?" a man asks on the video, which is captioned: "Season's greetings".

At the end of the footage, which is soundtracked by Christmas music, the video pans up to show the industrial landscape of Port Talbot steelworks, which is thought to have inspired the painting.

It hasn't been confirmed whether the new work is that of Banksy, but it does bear a striking resemblance to a sketch that appeared in a documentary about the artist previous year, The Alternativity.

Black dust from the town's steelworks covered houses, cars and pets in the area in July, a possible inspiration for the artwork.

Whether it's a confirmed Banksy or not hardly seems to matter, as people are driving in from surrounding areas to take a picture of the work before it potentially disappears or is damaged.

Rachel Honey-Jones, 33, who lives in The Mumbles on the other side of Swansea Bay, said: 'It's unbelievable, an incredible addition to Port Talbot. But in May, Neath Port Talbot council said the World Health Organization got the figures wrong and had apologised.

Speaking to the BBC, Ian Lewis, the owner of the garage, has said, "I am very pleased, I think it is a smashing bit of artwork".

'It will bring visitors and trade and tourism to the county so it really does need to be protected'. "Fans of Banksy have come along to see it", he said. Local councillor Nigel Thomas Hunt said he was convinced it was a work by Banksy.

This artwork appears months after Port Talbot was mistakenly dubbed the most polluted town in the UK.

Neath Port Talbot councilor Scott Bamsey told CNN that he applauds the work.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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