The artwork was discovered on 26 January on Scott Street Bridge in Hull, a town in eastern England. The stenciled piece depicts a boy, raising a makeshift sword with a pencil attached to the tip, carrying a shield and wearing a cap and a colander on his head.
On his Instagram account, Banksy changes the wording to “RAISE THE DRAWBRIDGE”. Banksy being for EU and Hull was the City with the highest Brexit leave is one take on the artwork. At the same time, it could refer to the “Siege of Hull” in 1642 when King Charles I was refused to enter Hull by Sir John Hotham and the Parliament.
Banksy’s take on Brexit comes at a contentious time for European politics: the UK is currently undergoing a general election that will dictate the relationship with or without the EU. On the other side of the Channel, only 80 km away, France is deciding on its European future. Confirmed by Banksy’s Instagram account on 7 May 2017.
During 2016 there were only two street art pieces documented. One in London in January and the other one in Bristol in June.
Besides the stencils for the London Olympics there are only a handful street art pieces in 2012, and all of the in the UK. Inscriptions are coming back.