The English graffiti artist has taken his politically infused message to the bombed-out neighborhoods of Gaza, where a series of murals created against the utter destruction of the area visually captures the devastation that the people there live in. (More about Banksy below)
The first mural, “Bomb Damage,” appears to be inspired by Rodin’s famous sculpture “The Thinker.”
Another piece, shows children riding an amusement park swing that is circling around one of the guard stations that can be found along the length of the West Bank barrier, which when done will be approximately 700 kilometers.
The artist also provided his personal thoughts on the situation confronting the people of Gaza in a spray painted statement:
“Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.”
In another painting, in which a huge white kitten appears to toy with a ball of coiled metal in a field of rubble and debris, the artist is criticizing a popular Internet trend involving cats that gets more public attention than serious issues like the one in Gaza.
ABOUT GAZA: On July 8, 2014, Israel launched a military operation, codenamed Operation Protective Edge in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. What followed was seven weeks of bombardment, Palestinian rocket attacks, and ground fighting. Over 2,200 people were killed in the conflict, the vast majority of them Gazans and the stated purpose of the Israeli operation was to stop rocket fire from Gaza into Israeli territory.
Banksy is a pseudonymous English graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. Although his identity has not been proven, reliable sources report that he is believed to be Rob Patchett.
His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians.
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