Date: 14 October 2020
Location: Rothesay Avenue and Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, England
Hoola-Hoop Girl first appeared on social media on 14 October. After a few days of speculations whether it was done by a local street artist, Banksy confirmed the piece as his on Saturday morning.
The work depicts a girl hula-hooping with a tire. It seems like the tire once was part of the slaughtered bike – lock chained at the lamp post beside her. According to local residents of Lenton talking to The Guardian, the bike appeared at the scene at the same time as the artwork
As it is always the case with Banksy, there are many possible interpretations to be made.
Ultimately, Banksy is an optimistic and loves to share joy and happiness through his works. There, we see a young girl having fun and playing with an old tire. After, despite the pandemic, despite all the troubles one has going through life, maybe one can still find some happiness in the little things.
The Nottingham Project, an organization aiming to “rejuvenate” the city announced they are working with the council and the building owner to protect the artwork, including the bike. Crowds had flocked to see the artwork, and the city council protected it with a transparent cover before it was twice targeted with spray paint.
Before long, people were already queuing to get a glimpse of Hoola-Hoop Girl.