London: In yet another attempt to'unmask'popular street artist Banksy, a scientific study of heat maps claims to have finally found his real identity — as Robin Gunningham from Bristol.
The study concludes: 'The spatial locations of Banksy artworks in both London and Bristol are associated with sites linked to one prominent candidate, Robin Gunningham.'
The researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) used a statistical technique of geographic profiling, otherwise more commonly used by police to catch criminals.
They claim to have tagged him by identifying an obvious pattern between the locations of his art and addresses he often visits in Bristol and London. And their results seem to back up the British newspaper, Mail on Sunday's revelations in 2008 that Banksy is Robin Gunningham from Bristol.
Despite supposed attempts by Banksy's lawyers to delay the announcement, they revealed the study yesterday. Dr Steve Le Comber, of QMUL, told the BBC, "I'd be surprised if it's not (Gunningham), even without our analysis, but it's interesting that the analysis offers additional support for it."
What is geo profiling?
Geo-profiling uses specific locations to find 'hot spots' of activity that could lead to a list of potential suspects. QMUL's researchers used the method on 192 artworks in London (164) and Bristol (28).
Who is Banksy?
Banksy is a UK based street artist, director and political activist. He rose to fame after he started making satirical street art depicting political commentary. His works have been featured throughout the world, including the Gaza strip.