2005-08-05

Intolerance: West Bank Graffitied by 'Banksy'

Guerrila Artist Banksy does the West Bank BarrierSecretive 'guerrilla' artist 'Banksy' has decorated Israel's controversial 'West Bank Barrier' with satirical images of life on the other side. The nine paintings were created on the Palestinian side of the barrier. One depicts a hole in the wall with an idyllic beach, while another shows a mountain landscape on the other side. 'Banksy's' spokesman Ms.Jo Brooks said:
'The Israeli security forces did shoot in the air threateningly and there were quite a few guns pointed at him.'
Graffiti Artist Banksy works on West Bank WallAnother picture shows the head of a white horse appearing to poke through, while he has also painted a ladder going over the wall. The 680-kilometre long barrier, made of concrete walls and razor-wire fences, is still being erected by Israeli authorities. Israel says the structure is necessary to protect the country from 'suicide bombers', but 'The International Court of Justice' has said it breaches 'International Law'. 'Banksy', who hails from the UK city of Bristol, never allows himself to be photographed and created the images last week (2005-08-01/05). He condemned the wall but described it as 'the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti writers'. His previous creations, which critics condemn as stunts, have included a bronze spoof of the statue of 'Justice' from 'The Old Bailey', London, wearing thigh-high boots and a suspender belt. He also embarrassed 'The British Museum' by planting a hoax 'cave painting' of a man pushing a supermarket trolley, which he said went unnoticed for three days. He has also smuggled and hung works in galleries including 'The Tate Britain' in London and 'The Metropolitan' and 'The Museum of Modern Art' in New York, USA. 'Art prankster sprays Israeli wall', BBC News, 2005-08-05 10:19:17 GMT Links:

5 Comments:

Anonymous Cameron Henderson said...

This is not just mindless graffitti, this makes you think, but I don't know if that means it is art. I like the idea of the guy being a Brit and secretive. Good on him for rising above the mundane and speaking up.

8/09/2005 12:03:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Art is when you get a shedload of money ;-)

8/09/2005 12:04:00 am  
Anonymous Diane Thurgo said...

Cameron, isn't it ironic that Banksy stands apart from us, making a name for himself, yet nobody knows who he is? He can rise above the mundane, but what's in it for him personally?

8/09/2005 12:06:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does it say that Banksy is a man? Maybe it's a girl?

8/09/2005 12:07:00 am  
Anonymous banksyfan said...

It makes a point and draws attention to a thing or situation. It is not art but social comment. The point of art is that it is unimportant but long-lasting and of value in itself, the point of Banksy is that it is very important, of low value in itself and (hopefully) temporary.

8/14/2005 11:14:00 pm  

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