A School’s Welcome Graffiti
Many schools wrestle with the issue of “art” that’s committed to the property by young wall-writers, but one British primary school welcomed a piece of graffiti, from an artist known worldwide.
Bridge Farm Primary School, in Bristol, named a “team house” building for Banksy, the internationally known street artist, and in response, Banksy paid a visit during a term break. He left a 14-foot piece of artwork on the outside of a school building, according to media reports.
The piece depicts a realistic flaming tire being pushed along with a stick, by a stick-figure child.
Banksy is a globally famous artist whose identity is closely shrouded; his works are often posted overnight without permission in the style of a graffiti artist. Recurring themes in his art include stencil styling and mixing black-and-white pieces with sections of full color.
His works can often be seen on walls in London and Bristol, but have also appeared in places like New York and along the West Bank barrier in Israel. Banksy also directed the 2010 film Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Bridge Farm Primary serves students from “Foundation years” (what Americans call pre-school) through sixth grade. Speaking to the BBC, the school’s head teacher called the work “inspirational and aspirational” for the students. The students reportedly chose Banksy when they were challenged to name the house for a local hero.
Banksy also left a note for the students—documented via news reports and on the artist’s Instagram page—thanking them for naming a house after him, and telling them: “It’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission."