The mercurial street artist Banksy has unveiled a brand new installation in Birmingham. The unidentified artist shared a powerful video of the unveiling via his Instagram today.
The piece sees two painted reindeers and reins attached to the right of a street bench. In the video which Banksy shared today, the bench is inhabited by a homeless man called Ryan who is settling down for the night.
As the video zooms out, the image of Ryan positioned as Father Christmas is a strong and powerful message about the growing crisis of homelessness in Britain today. The city of Birmingham can be proud of themselves, however, as Banksy states in the caption.
The artist says, “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.”
It comes as part of an active year for the mystery artist who also contributed to Stormzy’s now-iconic union jack stab vest which the rapper wore while on stage during his headline slot at Glastonbury this year.
Back in May, the artist also painted one of his famous stencils and presented a mural of a small immigrant girl with a life jacket on amid rising waters.