No, that broken pencil illustration isn't by Banksy

You may have seen a clever Banksy illustration of broken pencils being shared far and wide on social media yesterday. It's a powerful message about optimism and rebuilding after facing adversity. But it's not by Banksy.

The illustration is actually by Lucille Clerc, a London-based illustrator. After being posted on an Instagram account purporting to be associated with Banksy, the image has been shared over 130,000 times. There are a lot of fake Banksy accounts on social media but the one that scraped Lucille Clerc's image has over a million followers, which explains its wide reach.


The Independent talked to a spokesperson from Banksy's camp who said "We can confirm this is not by Banksy." [Emergent]

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