Liverpool and Banksy go way back. During the 2004 Biennial the street artist – then a prominent cult figure on the art scene, but in no way a multimillion pound brand – put up several pieces around the city, most notoriously the ‘Duke Street Rat’, on the derelict Whitehouse pub at the corner of Duke Street and Berry Street. The Rat’s become an iconic figure in the city – just as recognisable and quirkily beloved as something like the Anglican Cathedral – and art lovers regularly make the pilgrimage to see it up close. Since then, Banksy’s become a worldwide phenomenon. His pieces regularly go for ridiculous sums at snooty auction houses, megastars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are avid collectors, and he’s even made his own movie (‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’). But he continues to go back to street art, having created several brand new pieces across London, and this past week a new artwork has turned up in Liverpool. And it’s great. Sprayed on the side of a building, next to a car park off Tithebarn Street, it takes the form of a biplane, its trail leaving a huge, joyful heart shape. The stencilled art might not be as political or brutally satirical as some of Banksy’s other stuff, but it’s no less wonderful, and we’re ridiculously chuffed he’s decided to revisit Liverpool again. Feel the love. Banksy Biplane Rumford Street, between Tithebarn and Water Street, Liverpool Images via Unurth Posted December 13, 2011 – 17 comments 17 Responses to “New Banksy artwork goes up in Liverpool city centre” The good fairy December 13, 2011 The positive is political. This is beautiful. I hope a lot of people see and are moved by it. December 13, 2011 at 10:47 am merseytart December 13, 2011 Isn’t that another building that’s due for demolition…? December 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm PhilKiel December 13, 2011 Graffiti and vandalising or street art? December 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm SevenStreets December 13, 2011 @PhilKiel Well, that’s the eternal discussion isn’t it? Some people will hate it, some will love it. Us? We’re pleased to have an artist of that calibre and recognition popping up here to make new stuff. December 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm SevenStreets December 13, 2011 @merseytart Is it? Interesting… December 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm trickdick December 13, 2011 It’s already been ruined by graffiti. Is that irony? December 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm PhilKiel December 13, 2011 @SevenStreets It’s a contradiction that they’ll think twice about cleaning it off and yes it definitely shows Liverpool is still on the ‘map’. December 13, 2011 at 9:52 pm jayjohno1 December 13, 2011 @BeatlesStory #TeamRobbo December 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm Old Higsonian December 14, 2011 So much public art in and around the street of my birth. Home of the mother of all super lamb bananas, the excellent Richard Wilson piece on Moorfields and now this. A great addition. Tithebarn St fires the artistic imagination in a good way. December 14, 2011 at 12:55 am nataliekjones December 14, 2011 @Katythetaylor you can never escape the intoxigating grip of the Fern. December 14, 2011 at 1:11 am jacksayss December 14, 2011 @7streets It’s already on Ebay lol http://t.co/MbnKSw3Q December 14, 2011 at 9:11 am New Liverpool ‘Banksy’ is defaced | Sevenstreets December 14, 2011 […] art terrorist? A political statement/ A drunk? Or just a twat? Either way the new Liverpool Banksy that has turned up on the side of a building on Rumford Street – off Tithebarn Street – […] December 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm ChloeLucyThomas December 14, 2011 @CarllthomasSEG Is this known about? I am always looking for stories.. do you fancy meeting for lunch sometime? December 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm Banksy overload: artist donates new sculpture to Walker Gallery | Sevenstreets December 15, 2011 […] third Banksy story we’ve written in as many days – turns out Banksy’s surprise new piece, sprayed off Tithebarn Street, wasn’t just a random bit of generous street art by the elusive […] December 15, 2011 at 11:47 am Banksy’s back in Liverpool « That's How The Light Gets In December 15, 2011 […] and Banksy’s rat has not been compromised. Now comes news, first reported on the local Seven Streets blog, that Banksy is back in town. A new work has appeared, sprayed on the side of a building, next to […] December 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm Will Adams December 18, 2011 @merseytart I work there – hope not.. December 18, 2011 at 2:38 am squirrel April 17, 2012 anyone seen the duke of rat piece just off Hanover street? April 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. You must be logged in to post a comment.