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Lyme Regis river has Banksy on its banks

The Banksy work

The Banksy work

First published in News

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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