Excitement and speculation has surrounded a mysterious piece of graffiti in Cleethorpes as many hoped famous artist Banksy was in their midst.
A stencilled picture of a pound symbol attached to a foetus on the outside of the Barclays Bank on Cross Street appeared on Bank Holiday weekend and left many wondering if the anonymous artist chose the Lincolnshire coast as his next canvas.
Banksy’s latest murals include a ‘Draw the Bridge’ piece just across the Humber in Hull, sparking excitement that the artist chose a close-by location to visit next.
Hundreds of street artists adopt similar styles of controversial work, and imitations can be found across the country.
Experts say two key signifiers of a genuine Banksy work are a busy location and a political subject. While the artist is known for their bold approach, pieces are not always technically advanced.
The subtle Cleethorpes stencil does appear to be inspired by a somewhat political message and in a busy High Street spot, though the identity of its creator is open to speculation.
Imposer artwork appeared recently in Lincoln, though it was torn down within just a few hours.