It's only fitting that my post on walls, inspired first by the wall we're building in Baghdad and second by the Iraq memorial wall being built in North Carolina, be followed by a post on the world's premier graffiti artist, Banksy.Everyone has their own idea of what art is, and few mainstream art connoisseurs would consider graffiti art, but Banksy's art has been featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, and American Museum of Natural History... until museum staff discovered his work hanging on their walls.
Banksy's art speaks for itself; his brilliant use of irony, his cutting social and political satire, and most of all, his unwavering commitment to nonconformity (which is being seriously threatened by his growing status as a beloved British icon).
But I'm thinking about walls and what he does with them.
He forces us to notice the walls we ignore.
He forces us to face issues we ignore.
Most interesting, was his trip to Palestine. 416 miles of wall, 26 feet tall.
Cutting Palestinians off from their jobs, schools, and family members.
His work there was met with some opposition.
Banksy's spokeswoman Jo Brooks said: "The Israeli security forces did shoot in the air threateningly and there were quite a few guns pointed at him."
He also received criticism from a few Palestinians who thought it was wrong to make something beautiful out of such a terrible and oppressive wall.I wonder if Banksy will make his way to Baghdad.
Long live the bleeding-hearts and artists!See more of Banksy's work on his website.