The picture of a young boy brandishing a toy sword with a pencil attached to it and wearing an upturned metal colander on his head appears on the already graffitied wall next to a slogan "draw the raised bridge" painted in capital letters.
But just days after the artwork appeared, vandals white washed the stencil. However a local window cleaner stepped in and has subsequently been been hailed a hero for saving the stencil by clearing the paint which had been daubed on top of it.
Thankyou to the guys who cleaned off the #banksy work in #hull true credit to the community, now its up to HCC to prevent this from happening again!— Liam carr (@Liam_c_93) January 28, 2018
Credit to tomwarcup on instagram for images. pic.twitter.com/8t0f5G3iWM
Speculation remains whether Banksy chose Hull and this particular bridge which is permanently drawn, to draw his latest artwork as a message for the city on Brexit.
Erase the drawn bridge? 'you had it, you took it away' fits perfectly with the #Banksy message for #Hull on #Brexit. I smell a rat, genius PR. It would take a very brave idiot to deface our #HullBanksy like that. Inside job?
— Jerome Whittingham (@photomoments) January 29, 2018
John Abbott Conservative councillor for the city doesn't share the same opinion, suggesting the work should be "cleaned off" because it wasn't "real art."
John Abbott is exactly the reason why the arts struggle to gain a foothold along the north-east coast. #Hull was literally the city of culture last year. It's not even February and he's calling for a #Banksy mural to be washed off because it's not 'real art'.— Bret Johnson (@BretJohnson89) January 27, 2018
Banksy's latest work in Hull has now been protected with perspex.
'Gateway to Europe'
Ships and passenger ferries to and from mainland Europe load and unload trucks at Hull's port, affording the city with a nickname "the gateway to Europe." However this is a city where 67 percent of the people voted to leave the European Union in 2016.
Working to counter the anti-Brexit mood in Hull is campaign group Best for Britain, founded by Gina Miller and led by Eloise Todd, its chief executive.
Todd told Hull Daily Mail: "We want to let people know that the decision to leave hasn't been taken yet and we have this decision point coming up. The Government had a mandate to negotiate but not to sign off the deal — that's for our parliament to do."
Banksy may have put Hull back on the UK's map, meanwhile, a leaked report from the British government revealing the UK economy will grow more slowly outside the European Union is dominating the UKs news agenda.
The document 'EU Exit Analysis — Cross Whitehall Briefing' seen by Buzzfeed suggests UK growth would be five percent lower over the next 15 years compared to current forecasts.
However Conservative MP and leave campaigner Iain Duncan Smith told British media the paper should be taken "with a pinch of salt."
"It's an incomplete report…deliberately leaked because it gives a bad view."
Banksy, the Bristol born guerilla artist is no stranger to controversy and painting political points. In 2017, Banksy adorned a wall in Dover with the European Flag complete with a workman chipping away at one of the 12 stars.
In 2015, Banksy shipped his Dismaland Bermusement Park to the 'Jungle Migrant Camp' over the English Channel and painted 'The Raft of the Medusa' in Calais before heading to the streets of Paris to stencil his view of social injustice.