New Nottingham artwork that could be a second Banksy piece

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A new artwork has appeared on a Nottingham street overnight leading locals to wonder if it could be by the famous street artist Banksy

It’s being speculated that new artwork appearing on Addison Street may be by Banksy, which appeared on a brick wall and was first noticed on May 1.

The black and white artwork shows an older man sitting down with three black and white pigeons above him in the air.

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Normally Banksy claims his work but, in this case, it’s only rumoured to be him as the anonymous artist is yet to claim it however, it does bear a striking resemblance to their past work in Radford which was a black and white little girl with a hula hoop.

Local people seeing the work are split on whether it is the real artist or an impersonator, but everyone seems to agree the work looks beautiful. Nottingham World Journalist Sam Rhodes travelled to Addison Street to find out if its the real deal or a good impersonation.

Victoria Grace Taylor believes: “I think it’s amazing when I first came up here, I’ll be honest my heart went wow because I’ve seen the other one in Radford, the little girl, and the similarities are amazing.

“I believe it is Banksy because it’s so simple, it’s the way he does it, it’s gorgeous, he uses the darker colours and the lighter colours, but the main thing is he’s using something so beautiful like an old man, he did that in Radford with the little girl and it was black and white there.”

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“It’ll cost thousands if it is Banksy, don’t tell anyone but I’d nick the wall,” she jokingly added.

George Hogan, a NTU student who lives close to the area said: “I don’t think it is Banksy, I feel like he operates in more public areas.

“The artwork is great whether it’s him or not, if it isn’t him then it’s definitely a good interpretation of him,” he added.

Banksy is an English street artist usually based in London whose identity is unknown, with his work largely relating to political and social commentary since the 1990s. This is the second artwork by the famous artist to appear in Nottingham. The first appeared on Rothesay Avenue in much the same way, overnight before the artist admitted it was one of his.

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The artwork which featured a young girl hula hooping with a bike tyre drew hundreds of locals to the area desperate to take a photo. However, there was outrage as the piece was removed and later sold at auction.