Banksy in Blackpool... or a tribute artist?

The recent Sand Sea and Spray urban street art festival and (below) the Banksy style painting that has appeared in Corporation Street, Blackpool.
The recent Sand Sea and Spray urban street art festival and (below) the Banksy style painting that has appeared in Corporation Street, Blackpool.
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The calling card of a mysterious urban artist has appeared in Blackpool.

Art bosses are scratching their heads over the discovery of two pieces of graffiti, which bear more than a striking resemblance to the work of the renowned painter, Banksy.

The Banksy style painting that has appeared in Corporation Street, Blackpool.

The Banksy style painting that has appeared in Corporation Street, Blackpool.

The images of a smiling baby sat on an upside down police helmet were spotted on walls in Birley Street and Corporation Street in Blackpool, sparking much speculation and excitement after the same image appeared in London’s Kentish Town in February.

Bristol-born Banksy is heralded across the globe for his unique and often politically charged street art.

Robin Ross organises the annual Sand, Sea and Spray art festival in Blackpool which sees artists from all over the world transform buildings with their unique work.

He said: “These images just seem to have appeared in the last couple of days.

“We have no idea who is responsible but it certainly does raise the question that maybe Banksy has decided to bring some of his art to Blackpool.

“We have a great name for organised urban street art and it could be that Banksy wants to be part of the growing Blackpool scene. With the Sand, Sea and Spray event this year I would argue we had the best line up in Europe.”

Mr Ross says the Blackpool art scene is gathering a lot of interest at the moment, and even if the art work does not turn out to be a genuine Banksy, he claims it has got people talking about the resort.

Stencils of Banksy’s best known work are sold online, but the Kentish Town baby is not thought to be available.

Robin added: “If it is a Banksy we are incredibly excited because it means an artist with a huge reputation is looking at the Blackpool art scene with interest and that can only be good for Blackpool.”

“If it is one then I’m really pleased, but if it isn’t I’m not going to be too disappointed because it’s quite humorous and it’s making people smile.”

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