Aftermath of Love: Banksy's Valentines Day Work Immediately Vandalised
Banksy has played with violence and innocence in a fresh new Valentine's Day graffiti.
British street artist Banksy is thought to have given a Valentine's Day gift to his home town of Bristol in western England with the appearance of a new mural showing a small girl with a catapult and a splatter of red flowers.
Banksy - whose identity is not publicly known - has confirmed that the artwork is his. He often uses Instagram to claim ownership of his works.
The graffiti shows a young girl in a headscarf, stencilled onto the side of a house in the Barton Hill area of Bristol with black and white paint.
She holds a catapult in one hand with the other hand behind her, as though she has just launched a projectile. At the end of the catapult's trajectory is a bright red shape like a blood splatter, made of red plastic leaves and flowers.
It was spotted on Thursday morning, the day before Valentine's Day. Banksy's street art often draws attention to social issues by adding elements of darkness to otherwise joyful scenes. In December, the elusive artist highlighted the issue of rough sleeping with a mural showing two flying reindeer pulling a homeless man on a street-bench sleigh, in the central English city of Birmingham.
However, The Guardian has reported that the art work has already been vandalised.