Street artist Banksy creates new mural highlighting homelessness

A new Banksy artwork includes a homeless man sleeping on a Birmingham bench

Police were called to control crowds of people who flocked to a new Banksy mural unveiled in Birmingham today yesterday.

The artist posted a video on Instagram to depict his work where a homeless man is seen laying down on a park bench with his bags under his head.

"God bless Birmingham", Banksy wrote on his Instagram page on Monday. "In the twenty minutes we filmed Ryan on this couch, passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter - without him asking for anything".

With over 4,500 people sleeping rough over the United Kingdom, many people have praised Banksy for drawing attention to the issue, especially with temperatures already dropping extremely low this winter.

According to the BBC, the artwork appeared in the city's Jewellery Quarter.

"A young guy just jumped over the barriers and sprayed two noses on it, which is inaccurate to start with as only Rudolph has a red nose".


Maciej Woyton, a 19-year-old business and management student at Aston University, added: "I've been following Banksy for years and when I saw he posted on Instagram I knew I had to find it".

The Jewelry Quarter Industry Enchancment District (BID) has now been forced to make employ of round the clock safety to give protection to the art from extra vandalism.

The Bristol-born artist, who keeps his identity a secret, is known for his political and social-commentary graffiti work that has popped up in cities around the world. I wouldn't have thought it was Banksy, I just thought it was someone helping out the homeless.

The reindeer-themed mural, which draws attention to homelessness, made its debut in the city over the weekend, with anyone who sits on the bench next to it appearing to look like Father Christmas. "Martin Clarke, a jeweller at Vault 88, claims to have seen two workmen early on Friday morning working on the wall which is directly outside his shop".

'About half six I seemed out the window and the tent had gone as had the lads. Then I saw it.

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