Banksy avowed graffiti on a former prison

The picture, in black and white, shows a man in convict clothing, who rappels on a knotted rope.

The mysterious British street artist Banksy made a humorous video about a recently exposed graffito on the wall of a former prison. The picture, in black and white, shows a man in convict clothing, who rappels on a knotted rope. At the bottom, the improvised rope resembles a long piece of paper with a typewriter dangling from the end.

In the video published on Instagram, Banksy can even be looked over his shoulder a bit at work. On display are, among other things, stencils cut out in small pieces, spray cans, felt-tip pens and painting rolls with which the artist works in the light of a headlamp. Banksy is always filmed from behind. One cannot recognize the face of the mysterious artist.

The scenes from the nocturnal spraying action on the prison wall are embedded in an episode of the television painting course “The Joy of Painting” by US painter and presenter Bob Ross. The remarks made by Ross, who died in 1995, seem to comment on Banksy’s work.

The work of art was discovered a few days ago on the brick wall of the former prison in Reading, west of London. The former prison, which was only closed in 2014, dates back to the Victorian era around the mid-19th century. The writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) once sat there behind bars. There had been a controversial debate over the past few years about the future use of the building.

(WHAT / dpa)

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