Someone has made off with the Walcot Street mural.
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.
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….
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.’
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.’