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A New Banksy Work of Art? Possible Banksy Artwork on Prison Wall

08.03.2021
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New Banksy Work of Art

Although we are still waiting for confirmation from the artist themselves, it appears to the public eye that a new Banksy work of art has been added to the exterior wall of Reading Prison in Reading, Berkshire, England. This prison used to house inmates until it closed at the beginning of 2014. The well-known poet and playwright Oscar Wilde spent some time confined amidst the walls of this Prison from 1895-1897. Upon His release, Wilde wrote a poem about the harsh treatment that went on inside this building. Recently this year, 2021, a new piece of art was found on the exterior brick wall. An image of what seems to be an inmate, possibly Wilde, escaping over the wall on a white sheet with a typewriter hanging beneath him. This powerful image caught the public by surprise, inviting many curious viewers to the scene.

Future Art Space to Be?

Following the closure of Reading Prison in 2014, this space was left unoccupied for five years. In 2019, the building was put up for sale by the government. Some hope that this space will be converted into an art space, whereas others would like to see it turn into housing. This piece of what may be Banksy art now resting upon the walls seems to be the perfect addition to an arts complex, however no concrete decisions have been made. Once again, we are still waiting for confirmation that this is in fact a new addition to the Banksy artwork collection, however it’s hard to believe that this work could belong to anyone else. Was this piece completed as a protest to turning this space into housing? I think it’s time we show artists support and allow this space to be a hub for like-minded creatives to share and create their ideas. What do you think?

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