Tag, You’re It! Banksy Shows Softer Side, Makes Mural for Kids

Best known for biting political commentary and poignant artistic critiques, mysterious artist Banksy showed a somewhat friendlier side of his personality in gifting a mural to elementary students who named a building after him.

banksy in bristol

Students at the Bridge Farm Primary School in Bristol, thought to be the anonymous street artist’s hometown, renamed several campus structures in a contest. Among the winners were Blackbeard, Cabot and Banksy.

banksy rolling tire

The work itself features a child playing with a hoop, but because it’s Banksy … the hoop was turned into a tire, and the tire was set on fire. Banksy stopping by to make a mural was surprise, but he also left a note, which is even more out of character (though the work has been confirmed authentic):

banksy hand written note

“Dear Bridge Farm School,” the letter reads. “Thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture, and if you don’t like it, feel free to add stuff. I’m sure the teachers won’t mind. Remember, it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love, Banksy.”

banksy school mural stick

In a somewhat ironic twist, the school is forbidding children from painting over or around the mural, perhaps out of respect or because if its doubtless high monetary value – either way, one can be sure Banksy would approve should one of those students break the rules (images by Jon Kay via Colossal).