Parents and teachers around the globe have somehow managed to miss the fact that graffiti artist, Banksy, has painted a child playing with a huge f*ck off burning tyre on the side of a Bristol primary school.
Banksy gifted the artwork, and an accompanying letter, to Bridge Farm Primary School in Bristol as a way of saying thanks to one of their students for naming a school house after him, and teachers and students first set eyes on the piece when they returned to the school after the half-term break. The mural has gained praise from all over the world because of its beautiful aesthetics and the kind gesture behind the gift.
Speaking about the artwork, headteacher Geoff Mason described the piece as “inspirational and aspirational”, with the caretaker who discovered the mural calling it “incredible”.
Seven year old Bridge Farm student, Billy Bunce, said he thought the piece was “beyond awesome”, but couldn’t understand why not one of his teachers had mentioned the burning tyre: “He may as well have painted a picture of a huge white elephant standing in a room. I get the feeling that even if Banksy had painted a massive cock and balls, the school would still want it laminated.”
Six year old Year 1 student, Crystal Clarity, said the piece was “the raddest thing to happen ever at Bridge Farm” and praised the artist for his “exploration of societal themes via the burning tyre including loss of childhood innocence, the increased violence of modern times, the failure of adults to look after the environment for future generations, and revolution.”
When questioned about his thoughts on the message behind the flaming tyre, the school’s Head of Art and Design, Mr Art Scribbler, replied: “Heh? Burning tyre? I didn’t notice it. Who cares anyway? It’s a Banksy!”
Bristol Police have today reported that there have been no incidents of arson in the school since the mural was unveiled yesterday.