Rebel Bear pays tribute to Banksy on Argyle Street in Glasgow

Rebel Bear’s work features the famous statue, with the Duke himself being replaced by a rat tipping his cone hat.

Rats have become a trademark for Banksy and feature frequently in his works.

Rebel Bear wrote on social media: “A tip to give a personal welcome to the man Banksy coming to Glasgow.”

“You helped pave the way for the bear’s paws. Keep galloping on the commander.”

READ MORE: Why Banksy chose Glasgow: The traffic cone symbolizing the city’s humour

The work is located on Argyle Street just minutes from the Banksy exhibition.

World-renowned artist Banksy recently unveiled the event at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow.

“CUT & RUN” is the first time that the artist presents stencils, which he uses to create works that are recognizable around the world.

In a gallery label for the show, Banksy makes it clear why he chose Glasgow’s GoMA to host it.

He describes the pointed traffic cone as his “favourite work of art in the UK” – particularly given the background of the historical figure’s unusual hat.

The label reads: “Welcome. If nothing else happens, today you will see a masterpiece – you just walked past it.

“For those who don’t know, the statue at the front has had a cone on its head continuously for the past 40 years. Despite the best efforts of the council and police, whenever one is removed, another takes its place.

“It might sound absurd and presumptuous (just wait until you see the rest of the exhibition), but it’s my favorite work of art in the UK and the reason I brought the exhibition here.”

READ MORE: Banksy unveils exhibition in Glasgow featuring 25 years of iconic work

The A-listed statue of the Duke of Wellington on his favorite horse Copenhagen was created by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti and erected in 1844.

However, it took some time for the Council to become familiar with the unusual accessory.

In 2013, following public outcry, Glasgow City Council had to withdraw plans to raise the statue’s base to over 6ft to ‘deter all but the most determined vandals’.

The council said the cost of removing the cone was £100 each time.

It is widely regarded as one of Glasgow’s symbols – the cone features on the city’s postcards.

The Banksy exhibition includes work from 1988 to the present, which the artist describes as “25 years of card work”.

The event was kept secret for two years and few people knew about the plans.

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