This week Reading had a visit from world famous street artist Banksy. His latest work shows a prisoner escaping from Reading prison (which closed in November 2013) on a rope made of bedsheets tied to a typewriter.
What is Banksy telling us?
Banksy confirmed on his website that this artwork was his latest creation but as to what he is trying to tell us is down to individual interpretation…
Firstly, many believe the artwork resembles Oscar Wilde, who famously stayed at Reading Prison as part of his two year imprisonment between 1895 and 1897. During this stay Oscar Wilde wrote his final published work ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’, highlighting the inhumanity of the penitentiary system during Victorian times and need for reform.
Secondly, many believe Banksy is demonstrating his support to save the building and convert the former Reading prison into a cultural and artistic centre. It is believed Reading council hope to revive a bid to convert the prison into an arts complex, something that has been supported by many celebrities, including Dame Judi Dench, but also local businesses such as House of Fisher.
The local impact to property prices
Property nearby to the confirmed Banksy work could experience a significant increase to their valuation according to getreading, a benefit that will no doubt delight local residents! According to the article, in other parts of the country, original ‘Banksy’s’ have seen property prices spiral in the vicinity.
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