Grafiti artist Banksy uses Israel's security fence in Behtlehem as surface for his provocative pictures. And wants to make it "one of the largest pieces of art".
Bethlehem is a politically shaken space. The Birthplace of Jesus is divided by the huge concrete wall on which Banksy leaves several of his mysterious signs. Soldiers and a donkey, a white dove wearing a flag-jacket, a gigantic camel. BBC caught sight of the traces guerilla-painter Banksy has sprayed on the massive wall amidst of check-points, holy places and deep conflicts.
Original title: MYSTERY GRAFFITI ARTIST *BANKSY* TAGS BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS (December 4th, 2007), BBC on youtube
Is it provocation or artistic freedom in a conflict-beaten open-space?
We in Berlin, of course, remember the Wall that divided the two Germanies, and we do remember all the grafiti that was sprayed on the Western side of the grey GDR-concrete during 28 years. And we do appreciate artists using this huge canvas for expressing their view on political, social and cultural conflicts that are empitomized by such disjunctional masses.