New Banksy mural features homeless man on bench

A new Banksy artwork includes a homeless man sleeping on a Birmingham bench.

The latest mural from the secretive street artist features two reindeer painted onto a brick wall appearing to pull along a bench on Vyse Street in the city's Jewellery Quarter like Santa's sleigh.

A video posted by Banksy on his Instagram page shows a man with a white beard, apparently homeless, drinking from a bottle before climbing on to the bench to lie down as some passers-by walk past.

In his post, Banksy wrote: "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."

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The artist's publicist did not immediately respond to a question as to whether the man in the video was a rough sleeper or an actor.

Local jewellery wax carver Martin Clarke, 52, said: "About five o'clock in the morning there was a small tent with a couple of lads in high vis.

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File photo dated 21/12/18 of Banksy's Season's Greetings mural. The owner of the mural, John Brandler, has cancelled plans to create an international street art museum in Wales following disagreements with council officials.
A painting of 'Girl with a balloon' seen during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Visitors seen looking at a painting during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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Isabelle Schofield takes a photo of herself in front of the painting 'Devolved Parliament' by the graffiti artist Banksy, which is going on show at Bristol Museum.
Traffic passes the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, as MPs will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal later today following last-minute talks with the EU.
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A view of the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, ahead of the debate and vote on the Brexit motion at the House of Commons, London.
A view of the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, ahead of the debate and vote on the Brexit motion at the House of Commons, London.
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
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MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
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MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
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"(I) just thought it was to do with the upkeep of the jewellery quarter, and it turned out to be a lot more."

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