Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong

Banksy’s First EU Commentary Piece is Simple and Perfectly Appropriate

This past Sunday on May 7 saw the runoff elections to decide the new President of France, seeing how there was a tie on the original election day of April 23 between Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! and Marine Le Pen of the National Front. The verdict: Macron–now the youngest President of France–won by a decisive margin, thus giving us all a sliver of hope for our dear European Union–with BREXIT to thank for the first chip in the wall. As such, and just like how Batman heeds to the call of his Bat-signal, renown street artist Banksy made his silent appearance in response to the election, playing his part in social justice commentary by putting up a large scale mural on the side of a building in Dover, England to let us not forget that the EU is still fragile.

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The art piece showcases the EU flag, with a city worker ironically chipping away at one of the flag’s iconic and “invariable” stars, meant to “represents the peoples of Europe in a circle, a symbol of unity”… The three-story artwork marks the first EU-political statement piece from the Bristol-born artist since Britain decided to leave the European Union. In classic Banksy and graffiti style, the piece appeared overnight, and sits next to the A20, near Dover’s ferry terminal, with Banksy taking to his official Instagram page to confirm that it is indeed his work. Check out the mural above.

Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong

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