Saturday 13 June 2009

Banksy stages an audacious act of defiance @ Bristol's museum

Banksy the infamous international graffitti artist slices through the ogre of his local council, Bristol, and holds a huge exhibition in its museum.

According to the BBC, Banksy said:
"This is the first show I've ever done where taxpayers' money is being used to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off." A burned-out ice-cream van is among 100 works Banksy has installed at Bristol's museum, replacing many of the museum's regular artefacts. The reason the museum was closed was kept secret from top council officials since October, with just a couple of museum officials in the loop. Staged in the council-owned City Museum and Art Gallery, Banksy v Bristol Museum features animatronics, installations and a sensory display. The exhibition and its location have been a closely-guarded secret "I think we may have dragged them down to our level rather than being elevated to theirs," said Banksy of the subterfuge involved in staging the show in his home city."

Watch the BBC video to get a handle on the size and scale of his exhibition. The image I included here is a video of Banksy's public appreciation including some shots of him making his work.

Here also is a video to help you explore the different locations of his many street art piece's with map references to help you find your way around the Banksy tour of Bristol.

Read more here.
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