Allow me a moment of pride; I am a former pupil of Bridge Farm School.
It’s disappointing that the head teacher is planning to cover the image with protective plastic; I can understand that he’d want to protect it from the weather, but…
The letter from the artist (itself probably worth a bomb) states: “If you don’t like it feel free to add stuff” – and that won’t be possible now, unless Mr Mason intends to provide a space for wall art nearby?
I would also point out that, with one of its houses named after Banksy, Bridge Farm School has an obligation to encourage creativity and alternative thinking in its pupils.
But then, this is the school that produced me – so perhaps I don’t have to say anything.
Street artist Banksy has left a half-term surprise “present” on the walls of a Bristol primary school.
The elusive artist composed the mural at Bridge Farm Primary after it recently named a school house after him.
It was discovered as teachers returned from the half-term break along with a letter saying “it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission”.
A spokesman for Banksy confirmed to BBC News that the artwork is genuine.
Head teacher Geoff Mason intends to preserve the mural and has “no plans to sell it”.
He said the surprise addition to the school’s surroundings is “inspirational and aspirational” for his pupils.
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