The school children of Bridge Farm Primary in Bristol, England can now add art connoisseurship to their school repertoire. The school was recently gifted their very own mural by the elusive art star Banksy. Found in their school yard, to the surprise of teachers and students, the school’s caretaker mistook the mural for vandalism, until the Banksy team stepped forward and authenticated the gift via a handwritten letter from the artist.
Earlier this year, the Bridge Farm Primary school named the four buildings on their campus after Bristol greats: Blackbeard, John Cabot, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the world famous anonymous street artist, Banksy. When students and staff arrived to school after a week off, they were greeted with the surprise 14 foot mural by the artist, who painted a figure playing stickball with a burning tire. Along with the mural, Banksy included a note thanking the children and the school for naming a school house after him, and encouraging the children to add to the mural should they desire.
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Despite Banksy’s works nabbing values well over a million dollars, the Bridge Farm Primary has no plans to sell the mural. Head teacher Geoff Mason told The BBC that the school will keep the mural to inspire the school children to dream big.
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