Banksy confesses to “hollahop” girl … lurking messages in tough times

Graffiti artist Banksy announced that he is the owner of the famous “hula-hop” artwork that appeared in Nottingham, England.

The work shown outside a beauty salon involves a girl practicing a “hula hoop” with a bicycle tire, and on Tuesday afternoon, next to a bicycle without her back wheel.

Banksy’s Instagram account posted a picture of the work on Saturday.

The salon with the artwork is located next to it at the intersection of Rothesay Avenue and Elkston Street in Lenton, a popular residential area for students.

After Bansky confirmed that he was the owner of the work, people began to flock to the place to take pictures with the artwork, where at some point there were about 30 people, in addition to the police officers.

Banksy of the Arts University Bournemouth, Professor Paul Gove, said he was “really pleased” with the drawing. Gove had initially doubted the action was real, according to the BBC.

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He talked about the messages behind the artwork, saying, “It’s strange. The last four or five of Banksy’s works are all related to the Coronavirus or something related to the current situation. This is much more strange and more than what’s going on in the moment. It shows a girl enjoying her time.”

And he continued, “This may be the message: We are in difficult times, so let’s try to benefit from them to the maximum and enjoy some of the disrupted things.”

“The hoop is inclusive. The circle is positive and underlines the importance of life. Even with a broken bike, it finds something to play with,” he added.

“The Nottingham picture is a different kind of Banksy graphic than I’ve seen before. There is less fluidity and less visible factor, especially around the chin and parts of the face.”

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Banksy began painting on trains and walls in his native Bristol in the 1990s, and quickly made his mark around the world.

He is known for mocking big companies and sending political messages through his work.

A spokesman from Nottingham City Council said Bansky’s assertion that the work is a workmanship is “astonishing,” adding, “It is clear that we do not know why he chose Nottingham, but we are a city famous for our rebels, like Robin Hood of course.”

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He continued: “The fact that the artwork contains a bicycle could be a reference to the Raleigh factory that was nearby, and it was famous for its role on Saturday night and Sunday morning, a novel by local author Alan Celito and a famous movie produced in 1960 and starring Albert Finney.”

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