Walcot Street mural goes missing.

All that is left is the frame and a scrap of canvas.

Someone has made off with the Walcot Street mural.

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All that is left is the frame and a scrap of canvas.

Originally painted by ‘Stanley Donwood’ – the pen name of English artist and writer Dan Rickwood and the man famous for many a Radiohead album cover – his woodland scene was oversprayed by Frome-based street artist Paris.

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The original mural by Dan Rickwood.
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Paris at work on his mural.

He – in his own right – is Coldplay’s ‘artist in residence’ and travels around the world with the band.

Paris has been in touch to say:

‘It made me smile to see the painting had been stolen in its entirety…..,   I guess in a way its a back-handed compliment….

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Funnily enough the last time a painting of mine was stolen it was from a nightclub in Bath in 1997!

I’ve no idea how theyll sell it though…It’ll never be authenticated by me!

Very happy to paint a replacement though.’

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Jenny Pollitt of Lane House Arts.

We’ll have to see if Walcot traders decide to stump up the cash for a replacement but one local business person – Jenny Pollitt of Lane House Arts – went on Facebook to say she was ‘ sad and angry about the act  of vandalism/theft’ and that for the Walcot district it was the loss of a ‘community asset.’