Last week, a Banksy-like painting was discovered on the side of a former prison in Reading, England. The artwork, titled Create Escape, depicts a prisoner escaping over the wall with a typewriter.
The former prison where the piece is displayed is a significant site as it famously held the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, who was sentenced to two years in prison after being accused of gross indecency in 1895. Campaigners are calling for the jail to be transformed into an arts and culture centre.
Shortly after its discovery, Banksy released a video via Instagram confirming the artwork as one of his own and revealing the process behind creating the public piece. The video is edited to include the iconic voice of the American painter Bob Ross.
Reading Borough Council has hinted that the elusive artist’s latest piece shows support for the campaign to save the site, telling the BBC, “We are thrilled that Banksy appears to have thrown his support behind the council’s desire to transform the vacant Reading Gaol into a beacon of arts, heritage and culture with this piece of artwork he has aptly called Create Escape.”
“The council is pushing the Ministry of Justice, who owns the site, to make suitable arrangements to protect the image.”
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