New 'Banksy' artwork appears at Great Yarmouth model village

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New model at Merrivale Model VillageImage source, Merrivale Model Village
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A new model appeared at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth on Sunday morning

Another piece of street art possibly created by secretive graffiti artist Banksy has appeared in East Anglia.

A new model of a miniature stable, which appears to have been signed by the artist, was found at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on Sunday morning.

Banksy-style art also appeared on Friday in Admiralty Road in the town, in Gorleston and in Oulton Broad and Lowestoft in Suffolk.

None has yet been authenticated.

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The thatched-style miniature stable appears to have been signed by the secretive graffiti artist

First spotted by a visitor, the new work is a model of a thatched stable depicting a small rodent that appears to be standing on a wooden wheel placed by the building. It is captioned "Go big or go home".

A post on the attraction's Facebook page said "a model we had never seen before was sitting amongst our little cottages" and "looked as though vandals had been decorating it".

"Upon closer inspection it was adorned with a familiar name to the street art scene....," the post said.

Owner Frank Newsome told the BBC: "It's not one of our cottages. Someone has brought it in.

"I'm a layman but we've Googled it and it does look genuine so we're now trying to ascertain via the Banksy website whether it is or it isn't."

He said the stable would be kept on display for visitors to the model village, but removed and stored safely elsewhere at night.

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Merrivale Model Village said a model it "had never seen before" was sitting amongst its little cottages

It would not be the first time Banksy has added his own work to an existing attraction.

He has previously visited galleries including Tate Britain, Le Louvre and four of New York's most prestigious museums, to place his work on their walls while wearing a disguise, and also positioned a doll dressed as a Guantanamo detainee at Disneyland.

It also carries on the theme of rats causing disruption. The animals, a long-time favourite of Banksy's, were captured messing up his bathroom during lockdown and spreading germs on the London Underground last summer.

'East Anglian staycation'

Another artwork spotted in Great Yarmouth depicts people dancing on a bus shelter while an amusement arcade-style toy-grabbing crane appeared in Gorleston.

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One artwork has appeared on Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth
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The piece in Gorleston depicts the type of crane you would see in an amusement arcade

Part of a piece in Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, was removed on Sunday over flooding fears. It depicted three children, who appeared to be standing in a small boat placed under the painting.

Another artwork was spotted on a wall outside the former Lowestoft Electrical shop on London Road North, which appears to show a child next to a sandcastle.

A large painting of a seagull appearing to scavenge from a skip has also appeared in Lowestoft, along with a picture of a rat reclining in a deckchair, drinking a cocktail.

The appearance of the artwork comes after Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Lowestoft submitted a joint bid to become the next UK City of Culture in 2025.

Further along the coast in Cromer, another mural depicts a group of hermit crabs near some empty shells. One of the creatures, who has already secured a shell, holds a sign saying: "Luxury rentals only".

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The artwork in Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, appeared around the same time as several others on the east coast
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Another piece in Lowestoft depicts a child near a dug-up pavement
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Banksy's distinctive rats were seen wreaking havoc in his bathroom during lockdown

The BBC has attempted to contact representatives of Banksy, whose recent work includes a hula-hooping girl and an escaping prisoner.

He typically claims responsibility for pieces of street art via posts on his Instagram account and website.

Banksy expert Prof Paul Gough, principal and vice chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth, said he was "pretty sure" the works were by Banksy or "very good fakes" and that the artist "has clearly been enjoying an East Anglian staycation".

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