A Banksy mural called “Seasons Greetings” has arrived at its new home after being painstakingly cut from a garage wall, winched onto a lorry and driven across Port Talbot.
It drew plenty of attention when it first appeared in the Welsh town in December, and eventually had to be fenced off.
Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, who grew up nearby, contributed towards the security costs of protecting the artwork.
The owner of the garage, Ian Lewis, reportedly banked a “six-figure sum” after selling it to Essex-based art dealer John Brandler in January.
Mr Brandler gave the green light for it to go on public display for at least three years.
Civil engineers started drilling into the two external walls of the garage on Tuesday, which was covered in resin to stop it cracking.
Earlier, it was cut out of the garage with power tools, and a crane carefully placed it on a low-loader lorry.
A bulky steel frame supported the chunk of wall and it was strapped in place for its journey across town to its new home at a gallery in the Ty’r Orsaf development.
The mural shows a child who at first glance appears to be playing in the snow.
However, the other wall reveals it is actually falling ash and smoke from a skip fire – thought to be a comment on pollution from the industrial town’s steel works.
The mysterious street artist confirmed the mural was his when he posted a video of it to his millions of followers, along with the message “season’s greetings”.
The clip ends with the drone rising up from the garage to reveal the towering chimney of the steelworks.
“Banksy’s artwork has certainly brought a lot of publicity for Neath Port Talbot since it arrived and we now hope many people will enjoy viewing it in its new setting,” said council leader Rob Jones.