Banksy confirms East Anglian seaside artwork is genuineon August 13, 2021 at 5:35 pm

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The secretive artist claims responsibility for the pieces along England’s east coast.

People stop to look at artwork believed to be created by Banksy in Great Yarmouth

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Banksy has confirmed eight pieces of street art that have appeared along the east coast of England are by him.

People have flocked to see the pieces that began appearing a week ago in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Cromer, Norfolk; and Lowestoft and Oulton Broad in Suffolk.

While many believed they were by Banksy, the famously secretive artist remained silent.

However, he has now claimed responsibility via his Instagram page.

Possible Banksy

The first of the murals – a couple appearing to dance atop a bus shelter, accompanied by a man playing an accordion – came to light in Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth, quickly followed by an arcade-style toy-grabbing crane in Gorleston, and a child holding a crowbar in Lowestoft.

Other suspected Banksy works showed three children in a boat in Oulton Broad, a giant gull scavenging “chips” from a skip and a cocktail-sipping rat reclining in a deckchair, both in Lowestoft, and a group of hermit crabs in Cromer.

Arguably the most unusual piece was discovered on Sunday morning at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth where a new model of a miniature stable appeared, featuring a stencilled rat character and the slogan “Go big or go home” and apparently signed by the artist.

Artwork believed to be created by Banksy is seen in Lowestoft

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Banksy confirmed he was the creator of the murals by sharing a video on his Instagram page of him travelling to each site in a campervan, titled “A Great British Spraycation”.

Walking along a beach with a cool box containing spray paint, the artist is first seen completing the mural of the cocktail-sipping rodent before venturing to the other locations.

Possible Banksy mural featuring rat drinking a cocktail in Lowestoft

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The video also features reactions from passers-by, with one woman describing the mural of a girl building a sandcastle with a crowbar next to a broken paving slab as “mindless vandalism”.

While some were not impressed by the new installations, one Instagram-user commented on the video saying: “Thanks for your art in my hometown (Lowestoft), I went and enjoyed them all yesterday.”

The pieces had been the talk of the town since appearing last Friday, but some of the artist’s works were not as much of a hot topic until appearing in the video.

A fake ice cream cone and tongue were added to the statue of Frederick Savage, the mayor of King’s Lynn between 1889 and 1890, which stands on Guanock Place.

A mural depicting two children being flung into the air in an inflatable boat as an adult pumps it up while drinking was also part of Banksy’s “spraycation”.

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