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Bristol’s Banksy!

Where do you expect to see graffiti?


Probably not in a museum. Bristol city
museum, in the south west of England, was
the type of place you go to see classical statues and stuffed dinosaur bones
until the arrival of the ‘Banksy versus the Bristol Museum’ exhibition in the
summer of 2009. The exhibition showed more than 100 works by Banksy, the
world’s most famous graffiti artist! 

Banksy is a man of mystery. He hardly ever gives interviews and likes to be


anonymous. Nobody knows much about his life or his background but many
people believe that his real name is Robin Gunningham, Robert Banks or Robin
Banks and that he was born in 1973 near Bristol.

Banksy’s controversial ‘street art’ includes spray paintings on live sheep and
cows and graffiti on the huge wall erected to divide Israel and Palestine. Brad
Pitt recently spent over 2 million dollars on a Banksy original. Banksy designed
an album cover for the Brit pop group Blur in 2003 but he has refused at least
four requests to do adverts for Nike.

Bristol isn’t the only place in Britain to welcome graffiti. The DPM Park in
Dundee, Scotland has the longest legal graffiti wall (over 100m) in the UK.
Anyone can paint on the council owned wall any time they like. Mike Crilley, the
graffiti wall project organiser, promotes the positive side of graffiti and runs
classes for local children.

So has graffiti gone mainstream? Not exactly. It’s illegal to paint on somebody
else's property so make sure you find a legal graffiti wall like the one in Dundee
if you want to have a go!

QUESTIONS:

1. Why do you think Banksy likes to remain anonymous?

2. Who did Banksy design an album cover for?

3. Why might Banksy have refused to do adverts for Nike?

4. Do you think there should be graffiti workshops for children? Why? Why not?

5. Would you like to have a Banksy on your street? Why? Why not?
1. I considered that banksy likes to be anonymous because throught graffiti he transmits an
antiauthoritarian art message which can cause controversy in people and may take away their
freedom.

2. Banksy designed the album cover for British pop group Blur in 2003.

3. I think Banksy have refused to do adverts for Nike because its political doctrine that advocates the
principle of absolute rule.

4. I think there should be graffiti workshops because that helps children develop skills and free
expression.

5. I would not like to have a Banksy on my street because I do not like illegal acts, it seems to me that
that is wrong and I also think that he did it to attract people's attention even if he was anonymous, as
for taking a position in street art without thinking about the consequences of their actions

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