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Artist reveals why he chose empty Lichfield house as canvas for creation

The creator of a Banksy-style artwork in Lichfield says he was keen to make a statement about homelessness.

The mystery creation depicting a man and his dog near a fire with a plate hanging on a wall saying ‘home street home’ appeared a derelict house near Lichfield.

The Birmingham-based artist known as Itchers has now come forward to reveal he painted it – and he admitted he wanted to use the work to highlight the plight of people across the UK after seeing his mother volunteer with a homeless charity each week.

“I did this piece to speak about the harsh reality of how life is for some people really,” he told Lichfield Live.

“All the abandoned houses, factories and buildings we have and yet there are still people living on our streets.

“That’s where the abandoned house came in as a canvas – it just worked well for the image and what I was speaking about.

“People shouldn’t be on the streets in this day and age.”

The artwork’s creation comes as figures revealed that the backlog on Lichfield and Burntwood’s own housing register could take up to 30 years to clear if the current rate of affordable home building does not increase.

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