Hull window cleaner saves defaced Banksy mural

From BBC - January 29, 2018

A defaced mural by the graffiti artist Banksy on a disused bridge in Hull has been saved by a window cleaner.

The stencilled design depicts a child carrying a wooden sword with a pencil attached to the end, under the text "draw the raised bridge!"

The mural on Scott Street, Wincolmlee, was whitewashed on Sunday night but Jason Fanthorpe used water and white spirit to partly restore the image.

Hull City Council has since installed a large protective cover over the work.

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Mr Fanthorpe said he "could not just sit back and not try to help" after seeing the mural had been damaged.

"I was just going to bed when I'd seen that it had been painted over, and someone had said it was still wet," he said.

"Banksy, love him or hate him, has international prestige and he'd gifted the city with his art."

The window cleaner already had his ladders and other equipment prepared for his Monday morning shift, so he headed straight to the bridge in an attempt to save the mural.


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