Banksy's reindeer mural highlights homeless plight, with vandals adding red noses


  • Arts
  • Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019

A man lays on a bench next to a new mural by Banksy in Birmingham, Britain. Photo: Reuters

British street artist Banksy has joined in the reindeer games this holiday season with a new mural highlighting the plight of the homeless in Britain.

His new street artwork, featuring a pair of reindeer taking flight, appeared on an old brick wall in downtown Birmingham over the weekend.

Banksy’s Instagram page also features a video of a homeless man named "Ryan" having a warm drink before reclining on a bench with his possessions.

In the video, a pair of reindeer which had been painted near the bench, appear to pull the homeless man upwards into the night sky. The mysterious Banksy added the comment: “God bless Birmingham. In the 20 minutes we filmed Ryan on this bench, passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter – without him ever asking for anything.”

The mural was vandalised on Dec 9 with festive red noses added to the reindeer.

An estimated 320,000 people are homeless in Britain, according to the latest research by British housing charity Shelter. This Christmas day, Shelter's report also indicates at least 135,000 children will be homeless and living in temporary accommodation across Britain.

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