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Bizarre Tunbridge Wells painting altered after facing backlash

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A bizarre painting that was spotted in Tunbridge Wells last month has been altered.

The artwork can be found on Camden Road and is just one of many paintings displayed above vacated shops.

The painting in question shows a man holding a young child in his right hand by a window.

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The original painting used a grey border to highlight the window, and was crafted in a way which had the child hanging out of the window.

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The first painting raised eyebrows of locals who deemed it 'irresponsible' and likened it to the infamous and controversial moment when Michael Jackson held his son Blanket out of a window.

Seemingly having taken the criticism on board, the artist has returned to the painting and added grey borders to make the window look closed .

The painting now appears to show the man holding the child while the pair glance out of the window.

Pembury Parish Councillor Patrick Gillan was initially unhappy with the message portrayed by the original painting.

He took to Facebook and wrote: "I appreciate art should inspire and sometimes shock but is this picture in Tunbridge Wells precinct responsible?

"To me it's a throwback to the horrible moment Michael Jackson held his son over a balcony.

"Perhaps its resemblance to that MJ moment is not coincidental."

Those who questioned the meaning behind the painting thought the act was irresponsible and were concerned for the child's welfare.

Cllr Gillan told KentLive that he feared the artwork in Tunbridge Wells could have been giving off the same kind of message.

"I looked at it and walked past and had to go back and look again," he said.

"The artwork itself is fantastic, but I just can't get my head around the story behind the image.

"I thought the image was disturbing so I put it on Facebook to see how other people felt about it."

The original version of the painting, showing the child being held out of the window

Cllr Gillan decided to get in touch with the artist behind the image in order to understand the meaning behind the painting.

Joshua Skama Piehl has artwork displayed across Tunbridge Wells, and Cllr Gillan is a big fan of his work.

"I was told that the adult in the picture was not meant to be the child's father," he said.

"I thought that was rather confusing, it all seems rather strange and bizarre.

"If anyone holds a baby out of a window in that fashion, that's not a responsible message.

"If an artist doesn't get a reaction, however, they haven't done their job."

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