Is Banksy be­hind Lon­don cli­mate protest mu­ral?

The Tribune (SLO) - - Espresso -

Of­fi­cials in Lon­don are try­ing to de­ter­mine if a sten­ciled mu­ral that ap­peared at a base camp for cli­mate protests was cre­ated by the street artist Banksy.

The mu­ral is on a wall at Mar­ble Arch, where the group Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion had an en­camp­ment for 10 days un­til Thurs­day and dis­rupted trans­porta­tion in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal with daily, tar­geted non­vi­o­lent protests.

The art­work shows a child hold­ing an Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion sign be­side the words “From this mo­ment de­spair ends and tac­tics be­gin.”

Nickie Aiken, the leader of West­min­ster Coun­cil, a lo­cal au­thor­ity that over­sees the area, said “we be­lieve it’s gen­uine and are work­ing to con­firm that it is the case.”

“This street art has clearly cap­tured the public mood and imag­i­na­tion, and so we’re look­ing to keep it in a public place for peo­ple to en­joy,” she said.

There was no men­tion of the work Fri­day on Banksy’s web­site or Instagram ac­count, where he typ­i­cally con­firms au­thor­ship.

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