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Banksy Appears In Cheltenham

Banksy Appears In Cheltenham

14 April 2014 | Liz Bowen

Everyone knows Banksy, well….knows of him. The ever-mysterious artist has popped up again.

The UK based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter unveiled his latest creation and it just so happened to be around the corner from us!

Taking aim at the latest issue of government surveillance, the artist is believed to have created the stunning work of three agents eavesdropping on a telephone box.

Why Cheltenham? Well, this is where GCHQ is based – the centre of UK’s surveillance network – quite fitting!

In his typical fashion, Banksy brings light to many controversial political topics and issues and this reflects the storm that can from the leaked files from former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which shed light on the extent to which governments were listening in on citizens’ communications.

There are questions arising if it really is Banksy but the graffiti is definitely his style. If it’s not Banksy it is definitely someone trying to copy his work.

Street Art News claimed the work had ‘all the Banksy characteristics in narrative, style and execution’ and that it makes ‘a strong statement against the recent privacy issues we experienced this past year with the NSA and such.’

Without doing any self-promotion or PR, Banksy has created a name for himself through artwork and suggestive images. Nobody knows the real person or what he does everyday, nobody has a clue what he even looks like. Banksy has created this persona all on his own and if that’s not good PR, I don’t know what is!