Lyme Regis river has Banksy on its banks

Dorset Echo: The Banksy work The Banksy work

AN UNPREPOSSESSING wall in Lyme Regis has become the focus of the international art world after a painting of a bird has been “claimed” by notorious street artist Banksy.

Speculation in the town had been rife for weeks that the stencilled origami-style heron with a goldfish in its mouth was a new work by the “guerrilla” artist, who secretly paints large-scale street murals to the delight – or disgust of the public.

But this week “new master” Banksy provided the equivalent of a signature by posting the Lyme heron on his website.

Photographer Peter Wiles said the heron on the banks of the River Lim appeared over a couple of nights.

“Some suggested that the picture was the work of Banksy, but there was no evidence,” he said.

“Lyme has a lively artistic community but no local painter has come forward to take credit for the work.

“Graffiti in a conservation area might normally be frowned on, but most residents and visitors staying in Lyme Regis seem to welcome this graceful addition to the many attractions of the town.”

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10:49am Wed 30 May 12

ian king says...

now nick him for graffiti.
now nick him for graffiti. ian king
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11:37am Wed 30 May 12

RepublicOfSouthill says...

This great little piece of art needs to be protected, preserved and advertised straight away. Many people travel long distances to see Banksy works and it will be a boost for the local tourist industry.
This great little piece of art needs to be protected, preserved and advertised straight away. Many people travel long distances to see Banksy works and it will be a boost for the local tourist industry. RepublicOfSouthill
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1:24pm Wed 30 May 12

maximan says...

Got to love a bit of Banksy. Always thought provoking.
Got to love a bit of Banksy. Always thought provoking. maximan
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7:41pm Wed 30 May 12

Genghis says...

Good job he didn't do this in Weymouth. There would be hell to pay. It wouldn't fit in with the Georgian state of mind for a start ;-)
Good job he didn't do this in Weymouth. There would be hell to pay. It wouldn't fit in with the Georgian state of mind for a start ;-) Genghis
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8:25am Thu 31 May 12

wessex-andy says...

Brilliant. This calls for a visit to Lyme just to have a look at it (and also to take another look at the other things that the lovely town has to offer).
Brilliant. This calls for a visit to Lyme just to have a look at it (and also to take another look at the other things that the lovely town has to offer). wessex-andy
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