We know something’s up when a spate of readers all email us about the same thing in the course of an hour. “Walking the dog this morning,” wrote novelist Emma Dally, “I noticed a Banksy (or Banksy lookalike) on a wall in Willingham Terrace (off Leighton Road. It’s of a little boy peeing into a policeman’s helmet. Hope it doesn’t get sent off to an auction house.” Reader Samantha Collins was next: “Anyone else wondering if the new addition to the side wall of Leighton Road Tandoori is a Banksy?” And several others followed throughout the morning, as we were racing to publish our Marine Ices exclusive. So nothing could hold us back from pegging it up Leighton Road at lunchtime.
Bristol-born Banksy, who is in his late thirties, has a long association with both Camden And Kentish Town, with pieces having appeared regularly, from Oval Road to Jeffrey’s Street to the famous maid sweeping on Chalk Farm Road. “His work typically includes satirical social and political commentary, and ranges from murals to sculpture and installation,” says the Artlyst site, “often playing with the contextual aspects of the work.”
Now, much as we love our art, we don’t profess to be experts here at the Kentishtowner, so please advise us below on the merits of the “peeing boy” – and whether or not it’s really by the fella himself. We’re guessing nope.
And, finally, what on earth does it all mean? Urinating in public in Kentish Town? It simply doesn’t happen. Ahem.