Around the World in 16 Banksy Street Art Locations [Infographic]
If you ask a lot of people to name a 21st-century artist nowadays, chances are that they might struggle a little bit.
But there’s one enigmatic name which is never too far away from people’s minds: Banksy.
His street art is instantly recognisable, wherever you are in the world, from Norfolk to New York, and is known for offering up a political and social commentary on the location in which it is found.
However, his thought-provoking and visually distinct pieces have also often courted controversy.
For example, in 2006, Banksy placed a life-size replica of a Guantanamo Bay inmate inside the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland, only to be
Seeing as some of his works disappear so quickly, chances are you probably haven’t been lucky enough to see many, if any, of Banksy’s pieces.
As you can see, he’s a busy man, working in varied locations from Timbuktu and Jerusalem to Cheltenham and London.
A common theme through many of his works is contrasting symbols of hope with grim surroundings, such as in the famous Girl with a Balloon piece, found in a grey suburb in London next to the words “There is always hope.”
Similarly, Jerusalem was home to the ‘Rage, Flower Thrower’ piece, in which a rioter with their face covered hurls a bouquet of flowers instead of a Molotov cocktail.
The US is also a popular location of Banksy pieces, where he has focused on themes surrounding capitalism.
For example, in Chinatown in Boston, there was a bleak image of a tired looking worker next to the words “Follow your dreams”, although the words have been crossed out with the word “Cancelled”.
And in New York, Banksy shows a rat dressed as a city worker clutching a briefcase with dollar bills falling out of it, next to the words “Let them eat crack”, a play on Marie Antoinette’s heartless response to starving peasants in the 18th century.
And north of the border, Canada isn’t safe either, where a mural was created with a city worker holding a sign saying “0% interest in people”.
And it’s not just politics that Banksy targets, with technology and the culture of surveillance also being touched on in his works.
For example, in his hometown of Bristol, he created a mural illustrating a couple embracing, but staring at their mobile phones instead of each other.
And in Cheltenham, Banksy made use of a telephone box near the government communication headquarters, surrounded by spies.
You can check out the full infographic for yourself below, so be on the lookout next time you’re in one of these cities!