The growing homelessness crisis in the UK has been highlighted by artist Banksy with a new piece in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

The installation depicts a familiar Christmas scene of magical reindeers taking flight, yet Santa and his Sleigh is replaced with a bench.

The world famous artist posted a video today (09/12/19).

Vyse Street

With the video posted on Instagram, Banksy wrote: “God bless Birmingham. 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.”Local blogger Suzie81blog said: “”Being an enormous Banksy (and street art) fan, I immediately jumped in a taxi (after spending twenty minutes trying to figure out the location) and we headed off to the Jewellery Quarter.”

The local BID (Business Improvement District) has placed barriers around the installation.


For more information about homelessness, support, or ways you can help, please see below:

Street Link
St Basils
Lets Feed Brum
The Salvation Army

Image courtesy @Suzie81blog



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