Banksy on Holiday

By sizemore Last edited 147 months ago
Banksy on Holiday
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Banksy's work scattered across London tends to divide people somewhat, but not as much as great big fuck off illegal wall does.

Packing his stencils and spray cans, he went to the Middle East to share his vision with those living on the Palestinian side. His visit is recorded in the nine stencilled pictures, some surreal, some poignant, he left on the gigantic barrier. His latest work was on his website yesterday, labelled "holiday snaps".

The Guardian covers the escapade here and has a gallery for those not wanting to navigate the Banksy website.

The best bit (aside from the art) is this exchange between the artist and the military:

Soldier: What the fuck are you doing?

Banksy: You'll have to wait until it's finished.

Soldier (to colleagues): Safety's off

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The top image is taken from the Londonist Flickr Pool

Last Updated 05 August 2005

Joseph

Banksy sucks corporate cock and should stop using MY streets as a promotional canvas for HIS career. It's vandalism and a lot of it is shite. He's welcome to take his chances with the Israeli military - I think they'd give him much shorter shrift than Islington Council.

MATTHEW ROSE

I agree he's a polemical artist who views private property as a potential canvas. One can't help but wonder and enjoy his intrepidness, though. He does get out of the house and he has made an impression on one poster here, and clearly others. Perhaps he's begun turning that wall in Israel/Palestine into the next global art project...

Best,
Matthew Rose
Paris, France

http://homepage.mac.com/mistah...

MATTHEW ROSE

I agree he's a polemical artist who views private property as a potential canvas. One can't help but wonder and enjoy his intrepidness, though. He does get out of the house and he has made an impression on one poster here, and clearly others. Perhaps he's begun turning that wall in Israel/Palestine into the next global art project...
Best,
Matthew Rose
Paris, France
http://homepage.mac.com/mistahcoughdrop/Personal10.html

MATTHEW ROSE

I agree he's a polemical artist who views private property as a potential canvas. One can't help but wonder and enjoy his intrepidness, though. He does get out of the house and he has made an impression on one poster here, and clearly others. Perhaps he's begun turning that wall in Israel/Palestine into the next global art project...
Best,
Matthew Rose
Paris, France
http://homepage.mac.com/mistahcoughdrop/Personal10.html

MATTHEW ROSE

I agree he's a polemical artist who views private property as a potential canvas. One can't help but wonder and enjoy his intrepidness, though. He does get out of the house and he has made an impression on one poster here, and clearly others. Perhaps he's begun turning that wall in Israel/Palestine into the next global art project...
Best,
Matthew Rose
Paris, France
http://homepage.mac.com/mistahcoughdrop/Personal10.html

Red Radish

All Israel solders need a hard a swift death. Thugs with guns. Children rapping scum bags.

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banksy is a wanker

banksy is a fucking toy who never put in a days work and thinks hes above graffiti and is the godfather of stencils.

Instead of putting in years of dedication the toy just does publicity stunts and rings up the corporate media for coverage, he'd be a sell out only he was never a real graffiti writer or political activist to being with.

The same people who like banksy wear che guavera shirts, try hard wankers.

yourcool456

Banksy is a fucking genius and is way up there with the tops.
Instead of running around playing on train tracks playing with gang symbols and spray paint he's in fucking Pakistan making a mural on a wall. He's not a typical punk ass who wants to build a name for himself, he wants to have a little fun, and while he does it he makes some kick ass art. Yeah, he likes to bend the rules and has a hellzah funny humor, maybe if some people would quit there bitching and realize how fucking sweet this guy is they could get along a little better. Years of dedication? This is all this guy does, everyday. Painting a whole damned elephant takes dedication.

vil & ood

I didn't know anything about Banksy. And at the moment I am not interested in the artist. I saw yesterday one of his artworks on an amnesty activist's facebook and that's how I found out the name of the artist. But if we just look at the art and neglect the artist, then the above image is a very powerful image and the platform or canvas (the iron wall, the wall of shame) gives the painting a significant context. It tells me one thing: that wall needs to come down. But that is how I interpret Banksy’s art as an outsider. How do the local people see this? Is his work going to magnify the impact of the wall or counterbalance it? Is it going to make people feel like they are prisoners as they already are? Or is it going to make people enjoy his work?

I would not consider Banksy’s graffiti an act of vandalism because the wall of shame that was placed there by the Israeli government is an act of vandalism in itself.

vil & ood

I didn't know anything about Banksy. And at the moment I am not interested in the artist. I saw yesterday one of his artworks on an amnesty activist's facebook and that's how I found out the name of the artist. But if we just look at the art and neglect the artist, then the above image is a very powerful image and the platform or canvas (the iron wall, the wall of shame) gives the painting a significant context. It tells me one thing: that wall needs to come down. But that is how I interpret Banksy’s art as an outsider. How do the local people see this? Is his work going to magnify the impact of the wall or counterbalance it? Is it going to make people feel like they are prisoners as they already are? Or is it going to make people enjoy his work?
I would not consider Banksy’s graffiti an act of vandalism because the wall of shame that was placed there by the Israeli government is an act of vandalism in itself.

vil & ood

I didn't know anything about Banksy. And at the moment I am not interested in the artist. I saw yesterday one of his artworks on an amnesty activist's facebook and that's how I found out the name of the artist. But if we just look at the art and neglect the artist, then the above image is a very powerful image and the platform or canvas (the iron wall, the wall of shame) gives the painting a significant context. It tells me one thing: that wall needs to come down. But that is how I interpret Banksy’s art as an outsider. How do the local people see this? Is his work going to magnify the impact of the wall or counterbalance it? Is it going to make people feel like they are prisoners as they already are? Or is it going to make people enjoy his work?
I would not consider Banksy’s graffiti an act of vandalism because the wall of shame that was placed there by the Israeli government is an act of vandalism in itself.

vil & ood

I didn't know anything about Banksy. And at the moment I am not interested in the artist. I saw yesterday one of his artworks on an amnesty activist's facebook and that's how I found out the name of the artist. But if we just look at the art and neglect the artist, then the above image is a very powerful image and the platform or canvas (the iron wall, the wall of shame) gives the painting a significant context. It tells me one thing: that wall needs to come down. But that is how I interpret Banksy’s art as an outsider. How do the local people see this? Is his work going to magnify the impact of the wall or counterbalance it? Is it going to make people feel like they are prisoners as they already are? Or is it going to make people enjoy his work?
I would not consider Banksy’s graffiti an act of vandalism because the wall of shame that was placed there by the Israeli government is an act of vandalism in itself.