Banksy posted a video on Instagram on Monday (Dec. 9) showing a homeless man named Ryan lying on a bench being "pulled" by two flying reindeer stenciled on the wall behind it by the enigmatic artist.
With over 4,500 people sleeping rough over the United Kingdom, many people have praised Banksy for drawing attention to the issue, especially with temperatures already dropping extremely low this winter.
The BBC reported that despite barriers being installed to protect the mural, a person managed to jump over them and sprayed red noses on the reindeers.More news: Snapchat Cameo Will Let You Deepfake Yourself Into Popular Video's
The artwork, in Vyse Street, beside Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter station, has now been covered with a sheet of perspex by Network Rail.
The Jewelry Quarter Industry Enchancment District (BID) has now been forced to make employ of round the clock safety to give protection to the art from extra vandalism.
Banksy artwork in Birmingham.
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"We have an opportunity here to put Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter firmly on the map, as the leading light in ending the homelessness crisis that is blighting our inner cities".
But within hours of the work being confirmed as a genuine Banksy, a young man in a hoodie was spotted at the scene with a can of red paint.
'I would not have thought it was Banksy, I simply thought it was somebody serving to out the homeless'. "Martin Clarke, a jeweller at Vault 88, claims to have seen two workmen early on Friday morning working on the wall which is directly outside his shop". Then I noticed it.
"5th richest country in the world & we have people sleeping in the streets.#DISGRACEFUL", wrote one Instagram user who called himself Chris Jennings.More news: Gmail update lets users send emails as attachments