Street artist Banky’s newest art piece was on display at London’s World Travel Market which ran from November 5-7.
In a post on his Instagram, the artist encouraged his fans to come by.
“We’ll be at the Palestine stand giving away free stuff, World Travel Fair, London Excel centre 6th and 7th November. Free to get in if you register online today and pretend to be a travel agent.”
The art piece contains two cherubs, meant to signify Israel and Palestine and uses a graffitied replica of the separation barrier as its canvas. If recent Banksy stunts are any indication, the piece will probably be worth millions. The latest work has all the hallmarks of a classic Banksy — it’s grim, witty, and multilayered. Calling attention to the conflict without bashing the viewer over the head with sentimentality.
There’s a lot of history to unpack here. The diving wall between the West Bank and Israel has been the canvas for some of the artist’s most iconic works.
Banksy remains involved with The Walled Off Hotel, an actual hotel property currently accepting reservations, which he financed and partly designed. The property is mere steps away from the wall that divides Israel from the Palestinian West Bank. Every window at the Walled Off faces the separation barrier. But despite its grim view, it has succeeded in attracting tourists to Palestine. The hotel is also home to a museum, a graffiti gift shop, and the largest art gallery in Palestine.