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Catman claims credit for suspected Banksy on wall in Station Road East, Canterbury

By Gerry Warren

A charity which had hoped to cash in on a 'Banksy' daubed on the side of its building has had its hopes dashed.

Staff at Catching Lives in Station Road East, Canterbury, found the black-and-white artwork on their building when they arrived for work this morning. It depicts two children reaching up to a pig being carried aloft by colourful balloons.

Although unsigned, it bears a strong resemblance to the work of Banksy, whose pieces which fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds and have been bought by celebrities including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Is this a Banksy drawn on the Catching Lives open centre in Canterbury?
Is this a Banksy drawn on the Catching Lives open centre in Canterbury?

But this evening local artist Catman took to Facebook to claim credit for the work. He said: "Finally got around to painting Pigs Might Fly last night."

Referring to an earlier version of this story questioning whether it was a Banksy, he simply posted: 'Afraid not.'

Chairman of the trustees of Catching Lives, James Duff had earlier said: “It just appeared overnight but must have taken a bit of time to complete because it looks a very skilled piece of work.

“It is causing quite a bit of excitement here as you can imagine because it so closely resembles Banksy’s work.

Is this a Banksy drawn on the Catching Lives open centre in Canterbury?
Is this a Banksy drawn on the Catching Lives open centre in Canterbury?

“I’m not sure what message it is telling with the children and flying pig but it looks pretty permanent and I just hope it doesn't get defaced. It certainly brightens up the building.

“It would be amazing if it turned out to be a Banksy and we could somehow sell it for the charity.

“But for now we hope that anyone passing by and admiring it might pop in and perhaps donate a couple of quid.”


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