The finale of 10 days of climate change protests by Extinction Rebellion activists has been marked by the daubing of what appears to be a Banksy mural.
The piece of graffiti sprung up on a wall by Marble Arch was noticed as demonstrators gathered nearby to celebrate the closing of their spell of disruption in central London.
While there is no confirmation the piece is by the famed artist, it does bear a similar stencilled style.
It shows a child clutching an Extinction Rebellion sign while crouching near a plant shoot emerging from the earth.
“From this moment despair ends and tactics begin,” accompanying words say.
Skeena Rathor, vision co-ordinator for the activists also known as XR, told the crowd in Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park on Thursday that the event marked a “pause” in their protests.
People passing by noticed the artwork and many shared photographs of it on social media.
One user, who has the handle @Michael_Taylor7, tweeted: “An hour ago this Banksy just appeared feet from where I was standing at Marble Arch.”
An hour ago this Banksy just appeared feet from where I was standing at Marble Arch. pic.twitter.com/zVqcNFSBxy— Michael Taylor (@Michael_Taylor7) April 25, 2019
Another, posted an image along with the caption”#Bansky graced the rebellion #ExtinctionRebellionLondon”