In Artist, Banksy

A wall murual has appared in Venice, and it looks like a Banksy to us…

The creative work depicting a migrant child wearing a lifejacket with a hot pink flare has been spotted on the banks of Venice and is reported to be a Banksy. Let’s face it, the work is very typical of the work we normally see created by him all over the world – it sparks conversation, it’s politically provocative and it’s impressive.

Many say it is indeed the work of the British artist Banksy. The work itself can be spotted barely a foot above the lapping waters of the popular tourist spot in Venice and so, will surely enough spark conversation amongst passers by on the ever-rising tides of Venice.

The Art Newspaper said this of the recent Banksy finds in Venice:

“Banksy has also frequently addressed the refugee crisis in his work. In 2015, he travelled to the Calais refugee camp known as “the Jungle”, where he stencilled an image of the late Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, with a black bin bag thrown over one shoulder and an original Apple computer in his hand.

In a statement accompanying the work, Banksy said: “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.”

While in Calais, the artist also painted across several walls at the French port, including a riff on Theodore Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa, which featured drowning migrants trying to wave down a passing luxury yacht”

I guess we’ll have to catch it before it’s washed away.


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