Banksy and the EU in England

In case you’ve missed the big news: a few weeks ago, the mysterious street art legend Banksy unveiled his brand new piece in Dover, UK – located next to the busy A20 motorway on York Street.

This mural is one of Banksy’s largest artworks to date and shows a massive European flag with a stenciled worker removing one of the European flag’s 12 stars. Located next to Dover’s ferry terminal, the British artist once again created a perfectly timed piece with the UK’s future exit from European union and an uncertain future concerning Europe.

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo and info via streetartnews.net

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo and info via streetartnews.net

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo and info via streetartnews.net

Have you seen the mural yet?


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Banksy Opened His Own Hotel

The British legendary street artist Banksy just finished his new project. This time it is a nine room hotel called “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, Palestine – very close from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists.

“The Walled Off Hotel” includes several murals and installation by Banksy that can be found in several rooms such as the “Presidential Suite” or “Room With A View”. If you are on a budget, bunk beds are also available for just £30 a night.
Installations includes “Out of Service”, walled-off lift at Banksy’s hotel or “The worst view in the world” as described by the man himself about the view from his rooms.
On view is also a small museum where you will find a mannequin showing the signature of the Balfour declaration.*

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~ By Banksy ~ All photos via StreetArtNews.net

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~ By Banksy ~ All photos via StreetArtNews.net

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~ By Banksy ~ All photos via StreetArtNews.net

Enjoy the gallery!


*info via StreetArtNews


What do you think, would you like to spend a night there?

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One Original Thought

Old but gold. Stencil piece by Banksy that he painted in 2014 on the corner of Jay Street and Water Street in Brooklyn, New York.
The quote in bright red is from the Greek Cynic philosopher Diogenes of Sinope (also known as Diogenes the Cynic).
It states, “One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.”

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~ By Banksy ~ Info and picture from StencilRevolution.com


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Banksy Primary School

Bridge Farm Primary School gave 5-11 year old kids the permission to rename several of the school’s houses after notable people associated with the city of Bristol.

“Among the winners were “Cabot,” after John Cabot, the 15th century explorer; “Blackbeard,” after the pirate; and “Banksy,” after the infamous, as-yet-unidentified street artist who got his start in the Bristol underground art scene.”
– Upworthy.com

Even the street art legend himself heard the news and wanted to thank the kids.
The kids must’ve been really surprised to find a brand-new piece on the wall of their school building when they returned from holiday break.

He left them this 14-foot (~4.3m) mural and a sweet letter.

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A really nice letter that encourages the kids to express their creativity.

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo: @jonkay01 on twitter

It is not a new information for many, however Street Art Rat somehow overslept and didn’t publish this one.
Banksy has been and still is a huge inspiration to many.
Here is a little piece of wisdom from his book:

“The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.”
― Banksy, Wall and Piece

Have a beautiful day!

Follow Your Heart

Stencil piece by Wellington-based street artist Scampi. As you can see, this work is influenced by Banksy and his black-and-white stencils with red signs.
It depicts a small girl holding onto a heart as if it is a pet dog and a red sign Follow Your Heart.

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~ By Scampi ~ Wellington, New Zealand – Photo: widewalls.ch


 

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Who Is Invader ?

Invader is the pseudonym of a well-known French urban artist, he took his name from the 1978 arcade game called Space Invaders. Invader’s work is modelled on the crude pixellation of 8-bit video games, his characters are created from square ceramic tiles. If you have seen the amazing street art documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop by Banksy, you have seen Invader during his work.

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~ By Invader ~ 6th wave of Invasion in New York City – Photo: space-invaders.com

What is the Space Invaders project about?

“It is first of all about liberating Art from its usual alienators that museums or institutions can be. But it is also about freeing the Space Invaders from their video games TV screens and to bring them in our physical world. Everything started the day I decided to give a material appearance to pixelization through ceramic tiles. I first wanted to create a series of “canvases” but I soon realised that tiles were the perfect material to display these pieces directly on the walls. I then had the idea of deploying my creatures on the walls of Paris and soon after in cities around the globe. Each of these unique pieces become the fragment of a monumental installation.”
space-invaders.com

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Banksy & Steve Jobs

A couple of days ago, the Bristol-based street art legend Banksy depicted Steve Jobs in a refugee camp in Calais, France. He spray painted the founder of Apple wearing his trademark turtleneck, jeans and round glasses, with an early personal computer and a bin bag over his shoulder.
This work is intended to draw attention to the benefits of migration, here is why:

“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
– Banksy, (The Independent)

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~ By Banksy ~ Calais refugee camp – Photo: banksy.co.uk

Banksy also wanted to draw attention to the conditions in refugee camps.
The Calais migrant camp called “The Jungle” is currently home to more than 7,000 migrants. The majority come from war-torn Syria and Afghanistan and are hoping to get to the UK to start a better life.
Notice the yellow paint: “Nobody deserves to live this way!”

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~ By Banksy ~ Calais refugee camp – Photo: banksy.co.uk

Banksy recently donated wood and other structural elements from his “bemusement park” called Dismaland to the Calais camp to help build shelters.
Click here to find out more about Dismaland.

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Dismaland

Most probably you have already heard about Banksy’s “Dismaland”; often described as the “bemusement park” or the “nightmare version of Disneyland”.
The “bemusement park” was designed as a secret project by the street art legend Banksy in the UK. It is located in the abandoned Tropicana swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare. “Dismaland” features theme-park attractions with a dark twist, along with work by Banksy and more than 50 other artists from around the world. “Dismaland” admission costs £3 and will run only for 5 weeks from 22nd August to 27th September 2015.

~ Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal (thisiscolossal.com) ~

~ Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal (thisiscolossal.com) ~

If you are not convinced yet, here is the describtion from the official brochure:

“Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well…This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation.”

If you consider visiting “Dismaland”, visit the official website to book your tickets (at the moment are all tickets up until 7th September sold out!).

As mentioned, the theme park is open everyday from 22nd August – 27th September 2015, 11am – 11pm.

Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed “Dismaland”, or if it is just exaggerated by the media and not really worth seeing.


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