banksy unveils reindeer mural to highlight homelessness during the holidays
banksy unveils reindeer mural to highlight homelessness during the holidays
dec 10, 2019

banksy unveils reindeer mural to highlight homelessness during the holidays

british street artist banksy has shared a new film featuring his latest artwork located in birmingham, united kingdom. the piece comprises of two reindeer spray-painted onto a wall ascending into the air. instead of a sleigh, as is appropriate for the holiday season, the animals appear to be ‘tied’ to a public bench occupied by a homeless man.


the film, uploaded to the artist’s official website and instagram account, is set to a rendition of bing crosby’s ‘I’ll be home for christmas.’ it vaguely identifies the homeless man as ‘ryan’ and a description detailing a brief period of 20 minutes of his life.




‘god bless birmingham,’ the post reads. ‘in the 20 minutes we filmed ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter — without him ever asking for anything.’

banksy unveils reindeer mural that highlights homelessness during the holidays



the camera focuses on the man who rests on the bench that is adjacent to banksy’s reindeer mural. as it pans out the illusion that the animals are taking him on a journey into the sky is revealed. the post has been viewed 2.7 million times at the time of writing.

banksy unveils reindeer mural that highlights homelessness during the holidays



the piece has been released just days before the UK’s general election on december 12 and highlights the fact that homelessness has reached record highs in the UK. in birmingham 1 in 73 people are living without a place to call home and according to a report by housing charity shelter, 320,000 people are currently homeless across britain. 135,000 of them are children.


project info


artist: banksy
piece: reindeer mural
location: vyse street, jewellery quarter, birmingham, UK


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