banksy: london olympics 2012
banksy: london olympics 2012 banksy: london olympics 2012
jul 24, 2012

banksy: london olympics 2012

banksy produces new pieces for the upcoming 2012 london olympics

prominent street artist banksy has produced two new pieces commenting on the 2012 london olympics. the pole vaulter and missile brandishing javelin thrower are amongst a debate surrounding the removal of graffiti in london in preparation for the upcoming olympics. because his work is considered one of the great attractions of the city, controversy has been directed towards that of banksy in particular, as a past event in which his 2007 stencils were painted over by bristol street cleaners was considered a mistake.

a pole vaulter conquers a barbed wire fence

  • excellent! as usual

    Niko says:
  • good news about 2 pieces in london, but the bw drawings on walls – is it cool or something? sorry, I can’t catch.

    good PR says:
  • It\’s beautiful, as all of his work is, from the little girl watching her balloons fly away to the queen getting eaten out by a girl. He\’s great at capturing things that happen in life. Things that people don\’t care to notice, think about, etc.

    cali says:
  • one can always bank on banksy

    snp5k says:
  • defacer of other people’s property…if he owns any property himself he should concentrate his “art” on that.

    Robinhood says:
  • private property reigns supreme! the consequences of offending private property are often greater than rape… where banksy’s art ends up is as significant as what it depicts, for those of us who care enough to consider his messages with any sincerity.

    thinkharder says:
  • Boring ….

    Popovitch says:
  • Popovitch: That’s rude, uninteresting, and . . . truly boring. Both of these are thought-provoking for those who have a brain. The Games are warlike, a nonlethal way for humans to channel our natural aggression and competitiveness — a good counterpoint to all the celebratory hokum. And athletic achievement is a way out of the prison of poverty, which rich countries often deign to notice. Bansky is a world treasure.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • he can draw on my walls anytime!

    dani says:
  • Saw one of his tags in my hometown of bogota, colombia; i think it might still be my facebook default

    Felicidad,Fortaleza,Sabiduria says:

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