Often travel simply serves to “open your mind, til you can’t get your head through the door” (per Elvis Costello)…but this is different. You really should go see this…it’s an opportunity for Israelis (& other local tourists) to come face-to-face with the brutal concrete wall that they have built to fence themselves in. “Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie…”
‘Worst view in the world’: Banksy opens hotel overlooking Bethlehem wall|The Guardian
The London cops clearly have the wrong man. They arrested some other innocent guy and are blaming him for the graffiti vandalism created by me, The Real Banksy! The cops should drop the charges, and let the guy go free!
Graffiti out…giant animal murals in. Sure, they’re nice pretty images, and well done…but IMO they lack meaning. “There is no such thing as good art about nothing” — according to Ad Reinhardt. They’re no Banksy.
These 2 giants of modern street art have equal but opposite personas…
On the one hand is the good guy in the white hat — Shepard Fairey — who raised $ for Obama’s campaign by creating the iconic “HOPE” poster and donated the resulting sales receipts to Obama’s presidential campaign. Fairey also has a web-business (Obey) which raises $ for other good social causes too, thru the sale of his art works (e.g. Haiti earthquake victims). Fairey has a darker side as well, promoting his phenomenological “Obey the Giant” campaign thru the spread of stickers and such-like via the skater community.
On the other hand, Banksy is the outlaw in the black hat, who works his graffiti magic when the rest of us (and the police) are are fast asleep in our beds. He does not seek fame or notoriety — he remains unknown — yet he dares to paint colourful wall murals in the darndest places — such as the Israeli “security wall” cutting through the West Bank in Palestine. He has a wicked sense of humour.