Is latest street art in North Berwick a Banksy?

ANOTHER Banksy-style art work has appeared in the Lothians - the second such work in a week.

Sunday, 13th October 2019, 12:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th October 2019, 4:30 pm
The latest work at Lodge Grounds

The street art depicting a young girl reaching out for a heart-shaped Saltire balloon has been daubed on a lock-up in Lodge Grounds, North Berwick.

It comes just days after a piece of artwork that also bears the trademark of the world-renowned anonymous artist mysteriously appeared in Leith near The Shore.

That image showed a hooded figure carrying the green ring from the Olympic symbols, while the four remaining rings are intact, on a wall of a close in Bernard Street.

It prompted speculation the image is meant to be symbolic of the recent Hong Kong protests.

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Banksy's artwork often offers the public his own political and social commentary.

At the beginning of the year a black and white image appeared on a wall in Grindlay Court, which seemed to show a young girl looking down at a mobile phone.

The image was defaced in February and was obscured by a black box and red cross. Whoever was responsible also daubed "Trite, boring, dull, badly painted. 0/10" next to it.

In May, an image stencilled onto a close wall in Bernard Street showed a version of the artist's famous Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) piece from 2003 which shows the rioter appearing to begin to throw a bouquet of flowers, wearing a hoodie based on the EU flag.

Additionally, there is an image in Banksy's monochromatic style in the corner of the close of a rat brandishing a paintbrush, similar to this 2004 Love Rat piece.

There has been no confirmation on whether or not the artworks are authentic Banksy creations or if they have been carried out by a copycat artist.