MYS­TERY OF ‘ ROUND­ABOUT BANKSY’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Kristina Cur­tis kcur­tis@thek­m­group.co.uk @kristi­nacur­tis_

Yet an­other mys­te­ri­ous sculp­ture has ap­peared on one of Ashford’s main round­abouts.

The lat­est ad­di­tion is on the busy M20 Junc­tion 9 round­about and fea­tures a hare be­ing teased by a car­rot on a stick.

It ap­pears a month af­ter an­other sculp­ture, which still has not been re­moved, ap­peared on the Eu­reka Park round­about, fea­tur­ing the sculp­ture of a man swim­ming away from three sharks.

From a dis­tance, the an­i­mal themed-sculp­tures seem to be ran­dom pieces of art. How­ever, up close to the mod­els, there ap­pears to be a hid­den mes­sage.

The sculp­tures both fea­ture small stick­ers re­lat­ing to the Euro­pean Union and the UK.

On the Eu­reka Park round­about sculp­ture the three sharks all fea­ture an EU sticker with “GB” writ­ten in the mid­dle of the stars.

It is be­lieved that a sticker with Eng­land writ­ten on it was also stuck on the swim­mer. How­ever, this has since been re­moved.

The hare on the Junc­tion 9 round­about has the UK flag stuck onto it; the an­i­mal is look­ing up to a car­rot be­ing dan­gled on a stick above its head. Like the shark sculp­tures, the car­rot has an EU flag on it.

So far, no one has come for­ward to claim own­er­ship of ei­ther of the art­works or to ex­plain the real mes­sages be­hind them.

Not only is it baf­fling res­i­dents but the au­thor­i­ties too.

A spokesman for Kent High­ways said: “We have no idea about the sculp­tures or who’s be­hind it. So far there are no plans to re­move them.”

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The hare and the car­rot on the M20 junc­tion 9 round­about, com­plete with EU and GB stick­ers

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