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Published on November 3rd, 2014 | by Flipside

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Exclusive: McEwan Hall renovation is elaborate Banksy hoax

Flipside can exclusively reveal that scaffolding outside McEwan Hall is an installation created by British street artist Banksy.

The artwork, which was erected last year, had previously been thought to be part of a project to restore the historic building’s stonework.

The student body has been unsurprised by the news, with one undergraduate we interviewed walking through Bristo Square on their way to lectures commenting, “I guess that could be feasible, there’s only ever one person working on it anyway.”

When asked to comment University of Edinburgh Vice-Chancellor Sir Timothy O’Shea said, “At first we assumed that work on McEwan Hall was for perfectly legitimate conservation purposes, but we are delighted to discover that it was not, and that an illustrious artist like Banksy has been behind the whole thing all along.”

“The presence of scaffolding will really liven up the prospectus.”

The new façade follows a stylistic trend set by the University’s Main Library. An example of ‘brutalist’ architecture, the Library’s concrete slabs are designed to look like stacked books. Similarly, McEwan Hall’s scaffolding represents the perilous climb out of unemployment after graduation.

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