'˜Banksy' wall has folk lost for words

Graffiti on a wall adjacent to the Fleet Street car park in ChorleyGraffiti on a wall adjacent to the Fleet Street car park in Chorley
Graffiti on a wall adjacent to the Fleet Street car park in Chorley
Chorley's own '˜Banksy' has struck again, with a wall that has got people bemused.

Puzzled passers-by are stopping to read the latest piece of artwork on the 10-feet high, white wall in the town centre.

Painted in large black capital letters is the message: “You don’t know me. You don’t know anything about me.

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“You don’t know what I’m made of or just how much I’m capable of. You don’t know where I’ve come from or where I’m heading.

“You know nothing of my highs or my lows. You don’t know how fast I am, how strong I am, how resilient I am.

“You haven’t got a clue what fragrance I wear or who I’m dating.

“You don’t even know my name . . . but you will.”

And next to the words, also in black, is the figure of a person, with “Partner in Crime” written across their chest.

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Mystery artwork first sprung up at the wall, which next to the council car park on Fleet Street, two years ago.

The wall belongs to the adjacent DE Jones bodyshop and not the council.

Coun Adrian Lowe, whose responsibilities at Chorley Council included graffiti, said at the time: “The council has not received any complaints about the mural on this wall and as the wall is privately owned and the mural is not causing any offence, we wouldn’t remove it.”

Painted in black, a romantic mural depicting a man and woman was the talk of social media sites a couple of years ago, with folk asking for it not to be removed.

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This latest graffiti – the quote is understood to have been used in an advertising campaign – has confused people though.

One shopper, who had stopped to take in the message, said: “I think it’s all right.”

Another commented: “It’s a bit sinister.” And another remarked: “It’s freaking me out.”

Opinion is divided on the Chorley Then and Now website.

One comments about it reads: “I think it’s lovely.”

Another states: “I can’t see any thing lovely about it? It’s graffiti vandalism.”

Banksy, an internally-renowned street artist, uses graffiti and stencils to comment on society.