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A Banksy dream or a nightmare in Southampton?
SOME saw it as a tribute to one of the world’s greatest civil rights leaders.
But for others it was their worst nightmare.
Shocked neighbours in Southampton drew back their curtains on Monday to find a Banksy-style piece of graffiti had sprang up in an alleyway overnight.
The image – daubed on the wall of a house in Henstead Road – featured a 3ft long black and white picture of Martin Luther King Junior with his hand aloft with the words “Still a Dream” written underneath.
The political slogan – presumably written to mark last Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of the American reverend’s historic ‘I have a dream” speech – drew suspicions that it was the work of the highly secretive Bristol-based graffiti artist.
But speculations were short-lived when the property’s Gary Cheater scrubbed it from the walls shortly after noon.
Mr Cheater, who rents the three-storey house to students, complained the alleyway has been a magnet for graffiti vandalism and he is forced to remove spray paint from the location at least once a year.
The 59-year-old denies Banksy created it, and added: “I have a dream that people will stop vandalising my property.”
Art expert Keith Sekree, who previously ran the TAOI Gallery in Town Quay, is unconvinced it was created by the street artist.
He said: “There’s no proper tag, there is overspray on the wording and Banksy is a lot more accurate.”
Banksy visited the city in 2011 to create a work in Bevois Valley of a girl sitting on the ground with the words “No Future” written above her, which was later destroyed by vandals.
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