Banksy Sneaks into Gaza to Paint His Most Controversial Pieces of Street Art
Renowned street artist Banksy has created new works, this time about one of the most controversial issues of our time: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
For these new influential pieces, Banksy had to use tunnels to sneak into the Gaza Strip to paint the murals on both intact building walls and the sides of ruins. He released a video on his website revealing the tunnels he used, quick interviews with locals, and footage of his artwork along with commentary.
Banksy’s new street art conveys powerful messages and focuses the public’s attention on the devastation of Gaza. On his website, Banksy describes two of his pieces. The descriptions and the photos of the pieces follow:
A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.
Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost every day.