Terry Dix, arrested this week while attempting to break into a flat in Stepney, today tried to defend his actions as a new form of street art.
Caught 'red arsed' protruding from a lower floor bathroom window in which he had seemingly become immovably wedged, Terry went on to explain that his 8 hour display on the residential street was far from a botched 3 minute job to support his drugs habits.
"It's all about artistic expression through the use of the human form" he explained. "For years I've seen Banksy receive undeserved plaudits for his interpretations of cultural symbols and Gormley's 4th plinth was just a circus act little better than Cirque du Soleil. I knew I had it me to take the art form one step further".
His installation, which he has yet to decide whether to name 'In your face' or 'Blue Denim Moon', garnered amused comments from the neighbours. Mrs Mortimer, of number 42 Roseacre Gardens, was heard to wryly ask "what does he do for toilet breaks?" and the local postman, who normally only has to run the gauntlet of pit bull terriers, queried "is that Tracey Emin due to take over at noon? I'd love her signed knickers".
The local council is now considering whether or not to commission this newly discovered artist for a piece of public art and have already shortlisted Mr Dix's suggestion of "Man with crowbar" and "Shattered windscreen" as concepts for public consultation.
When asked by our reporter how Mr Dix felt that his very first public art work may have been upstaged this week by an 18 month old he ruefully replied "Good luck to him. He seems to be branching out artistically in the same direction as me but it's not all about gimmick". Baby Josh Reynolds of Cheam yesterday received a £25,000 bid for the Mothercare portable toilet seat that the infant had used in his first installation 'My head start on Eton'.
The police say they are keeping an 'open mind' as to Mr Dix's motives and are still searching other nearby properties for other 'artists' stuck in railings or caught or fire escapes. Meanwhile they are also following up reports of a spate of thefts of womens' lingeries from local washing lines.