Elusive street artist Banksy shares photo of bike tyre hula-hoop mural

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Banksy appears to have confirmed being behind a new artwork that has appeared on a wall in Nottingham, depicting a young girl using a bike tyre as a hula-hoop.

Residents in the area of Lenton had been speculating about the design, which appeared on the side of the AVI hair and beauty salon there earlier this week. An actual bike, minus one wheel, is locked to a post in front of the graffiti, Sky News reports.

On Saturday, the mysterious street artist posted two pictures of the mural on the official Banksy Instagram account. A photograph also appeared on the Banksy website.

Crowds have reportedly been gathering at the site in recent days, according to the Nottingham Post.

Responding to the photographs, which have been left uncaptioned, on Instagram, one user said: "Well that Beauty Salon just went up a few million in worth."

Banksy, believed to be from Bristol, has been active since the 1990s.

The elusive street artist has been busy in recent months, with commentary on the coronavirus pandemic in the form of works painted on a Tube train, a working from home bathroom design, and images celebrating NHS heroes.