Barton Hill Banksy 'will be restored' after vandal attack
A BANKSY artwork in Barton Hill lasted just days before being attacked by vandals.
The artwork was unveiled the day before Valentine's Day and showed a girl firing a slingshot of red flowers.
People flocked to see the work, speculating on whether it was the work of the street artist who honed his skills as a young lad at Barton Hill Youth Centre.
They didn't have to wait long before Banksy confirmed via his website and Instagram page in the picture, below, that the work was one of his.
But within a day of the street artist confirming the work was his, an offensive message had been sprayed on it and some of the flowers had been stolen.
The art appeared on the side on a house in Marsh Lane owned by Edwin Simons, who has pledged to restore and protect it.
A typed press release posted on the wooden hoarding which now covers the artwork states: “The family who own the property have taken the difficult decision to box the artwork for a short period of time to prevent further damage from vandals and Storm Dennis.
“These steps will also enable the restoration of the artwork so that the local community and visiting public can enjoy Banksy's newest street piece as it was originally intended.”
It went on to say the family are planning to put up bespoke clear viewing boxes and CCTV to deter any future attacks.