Banksy: Prison wall painting appears in Reading on site campaigners want to be turned into arts centre | Ents & Arts News
It looks like Banksy has been back in action, and a work of art in his signature style appears on the side of a former prison in Reading.
The painting shows an inmate escaping on a rope made of sheets on the side of the wall and tied to a typewriter. It was created overnight on Sunday in the former HM Prison in Reading. Berkshirethat closed in 2014.
There are suggestions that Banksy-esque mural could have come from one of the prison’s most famous inmates, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, who was sentenced to two years after being convicted of gross indecency in 1895.
It has drawn crowds since it was first spotted on Monday morning, but has not yet been officially claimed.
The anonymous street performer often posts photos of his work on Instagram to confirm they are his, and fans are waiting to see them appear.
Banksy’s last confirmed work was a painting of an elderly woman who sneezes and her dentures blown up. on the side of a house in Bristol.
Earlier this year one of his murals was painted on a wall in Nottingham bought and removed from an art collector.
Banksy also made headlines last year for his artwork highlighting the COVID-19 crisis, painting his brand rats on a subway with the message, “If you don’t mask, you won’t get.”
The Graffiti was removed by cleaners who didn’t know it was BanksySaid Transport for London.
Reading has been campaigning for several years to turn the former prison into an arts center instead of selling it for residential use.
Wokingham street performer Pistol said the work was an indication that Banksy has pledged his support for the ongoing campaign, according to the Berkshire Live news site.