The picture, taken on Monday morning (March 1st), shows a prisoner who resembles the famous inmate Oscar Wilde escaping from prison with a rope made from sheets tied to a typewriter.
While Banksy has yet to confirm whether he is behind the piece, activists come to a rally to convert the former prison into an arts center instead of being sold for residential use.
The prison was famous for the incarceration of Oscar Wilde between 1895 and 1897, which inspired his rousing poem Ballad of Reading Gaol – an uncompromising look at the brutal reality of life behind bars in Victorian England.
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As reported by the BBC, the campaign to turn the prison into an arts center had previously been supported by the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Banksy’s most recent public mural appeared in his hometown of Bristol in December 2020 and depicts a woman sneezing out her false teeth.
The work of art entitled “Aachoo !!” was first discovered on the side of a semi-detached house in Totterdown.
It was the latest in a series of murals Banksy has revealed since the coronavirus pandemic began.
In October 2020, the elusive artist confirmed he was behind a mural depicting a girl hula hooping with a hoop in Henton, Nottingham
He previously sprayed graffiti artwork on a London Underground train with rats sneezing over the car and wearing face masks.
Banksy also celebrated the UK health workers in a sketch depicting them as superheroes during the ongoing battle against COVID-19.