Does Banksy back Extinction Rebellion? Graffiti with eco-mob’s logo appears at activists’ former base camp at Marble Arch fuelling claims elusive artist supports movement
- Street art bearing hallmarks of Banksy mysteriously appeared in west London
- Features child holding an Extinction Rebellion sign next to small plant in ground
- Backs eco-group with words: ‘From this moment despair ends and tactics begin’
Street art bearing all the hallmarks of a Banksy piece has appeared in London where Extinction Rebellion protesters have been causing chaos for the last fortnight.
The artwork, yet to be confirmed as the infamous street artist’s, was spotted early Friday morning in Marble Arch – the base of the climate activists’ demonstrations.
It features an image of a child holding an Extinction Rebellion sign next to a small plant dug in the ground, with the words: ‘From this moment despair ends and tactics begin.’
Street art bearing all the hallmarks of a Banksy piece has appeared in London at the base of Extinction Rebellion’s recent protests
A passerby peers at the familiar work that mysteriously appeared in Marble Arch overnight
When a street sweeper cleaned up the west London pavements early on Friday morning, the artwork had appeared on the wall
The street art appears to have been daubed on the wall overnight, just as the eco activists closed its 10 days of chaos in the capital.
It suggests the world-famous artist has thrown his weight behind the group.
More than 1,000 people were arrested by police over the course of the protests that saw eco-warriors blocking off roads and gluing themselves to public transport.
More than 10,000 police officers were sent in to deal with the chaos deployed and the Met say that 69 people have been charged.
Extinction Rebellion are yet to comment on the suspected Banksy work.
More than 1,000 people were arrested by police over the course of the protests. Pictured: An eco warrior is removed by police on Waterloo Bridge on April 21
Extintion rebellion protester clean up the speaker’s corner at Marble Arch Extinction as their fortnight of havoc came to an end on Thursday
It comes a month after the graffiti artist’s painting depicting politicians in the House of Commons as chimpanzees went on display in a museum.
The artwork, named Devolved Parliament, was originally created in 2009 but went back on show to mark ‘Brexit Day’.
It has been put on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, with Banksy’s permission.
The artist clearly felt the painting had renewed relevance after politicians failed to get the UK out of the EU on the original March 29 date.
Graffiti artist Banksy has said his piece depicting politicians in the House of Commons as chimpanzees has gone on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in time for March 29 ‘to mark Brexit day’
A photograph of Devolved Parliament (pictured on display in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery) was posted on Banksy’s Instagram account on Thursday
In 2009, Banksy said of Devolved Parliament: ‘You paint 100 chimpanzees and they still call you a guerrilla artist.’
It was first shown at Bristol Museum in 2009 as part of the Banksy vs Bristol Museum exhibition.
The work was then purchased by an unnamed collector, who has loaned it to the museum to mark a decade since its unveiling.