Banksy has popped up in Cheltenham.
Banksy strikes again! Or, at least we think he has. The mysterious street artist appears to have unveiled his latest creation in Cheltenham - lampooning governmental surveillance by stencilling three 1950's style agents using devices to tap a telephone box.
Banksy Has Dealt With The Subject of Suveillance Before
The work appeared overnight on a street in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, just a few miles from the headquarters of the UK's surveillance network, GCHQ. Residents tell The Guardian that they saw a group of men packing away a large white tarpaulin at about 7.30am on Sunday (April 13, 2014) before driving off in a maintenance van.
The celebrated Bristolian artist is yet to officially confirm the piece but graffiti website streetartnews.com says it has all the hallmarks of the shadowy artist.
"It's pretty good. It livens the street up a bit," Karen Smith, a local resident, told the Gloucestershire Echo. "There have been a lot of people about today looking at it.
"My daughter Sophie thinks it's Banksy, but I've been speaking to different people outside and some agree, some don't."
Streetartnews.net said Bansky had shown up at dawn with a maintenance van and covered all the sides with tarpaulin before creating the piece. The site described it as "quite a strong statement against the recent privacy issues we experienced this past year with the NSA and such."
In November, Banksy was said to have been 'unmasked' by one intrepid New Yorker who followed a maintenance van from the scene of the artist's installation in the city to a nearby gas station.
"Hey, are you Banksy?" Thomas McKean asked one of the men who in the maintenance van, "No man, I'm a truck driver," replied the man.
Banksy completed a month-long exhibit Better Out Than In across the city, which included him selling off original artwork for just $30 in Central Park.