Is Honiton ready for a Banksy?

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 March 2013

This genuine piece of Banksy graffiti appeared on a wall, alongside the River Lym, at Lyme Regis. The mysterious street artist later confirmed, on his website, that the origami crane with a goldfish in its mouth was his work.

This genuine piece of Banksy graffiti appeared on a wall, alongside the River Lym, at Lyme Regis. The mysterious street artist later confirmed, on his website, that the origami crane with a goldfish in its mouth was his work.

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Local resident Tony Simpson says he would approach the world-famous street artist if Honiton Town Council wanted to pursue the idea.

Could a corner of Honiton be set for a Banksy makeover?

Local resident Tony Simpson has written to Honiton Town Council to ask whether he could approach the world-famous urban street artist to work his magic on Dowell Street corner.

Mr Simpson told the Midweek Herald: “Banksy is a great ‘people’s artist’ capturing issues of our day. He likes to work on community spaces and walls – the wall in Dowell Street is just begging for a Banksy work of art.

“The footfall to Honiton to see a Banksy mural would be huge, bringing great benefit to the town and local galleries.

“We can’t invite him but we can put the message out – if Banksy knows a clear wall is there, don’t be surprised if one morning he leaves one of his great trademark works for us all to enjoy. I hope so...”

Mr Simpson’s request, which was written on a Banksy postcard of the kind sold by Honiton Tourist Information Centre, was discussed by town councillors last week.

Councillor Les Lunt said: “The problem with Banksy is that someone is likely to steal the wall because his work is quite sought after. It is a great idea.”

Councillor Roy Coombs advised the council that it had been previously approached by a local artist interested in working on the wall, who he felt should be given consideration.

The matter will be discussed at a later date by the marketing committee.

n Would you like to see a Banksy in Honiton? Email Midweek Herald reporter Katy Griffin on katy.griffin@archant.co.uk.


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