After taking on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Banksy goes after Brexit

Newest work by the elusive guerrilla artist comes after the opening in March of his biggest project in two years - the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
May 8, 2017 17:30
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An artwork attributed to street artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the 12 stars on the flag of the European Union, is seen on a wall in the ferry port of Dover, Britain May 7, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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British street artist Banksy has taken on Brexit with a mural of a workman chipping away one of the 12 gold stars on the flag of the European Union on a wall in Dover, the ferry port that connects England with Calais in France.

Banksy, whose identity is a closely guarded secret, posted pictures of the work, which appeared overnight, on his official Instagram feed on Sunday, the day of the French presidential election.

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His representative also confirmed it was by Banksy.

Dover and its white cliffs, which are seen by many people arriving in and departing from Britain every year, have loomed large in media coverage of Brexit.

The British Sun newspaper, which campaigned for "leave," projected the message "Dover & out" on the cliffs on March 24, the day that British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the start of Britain's exit from the EU.

The latest work attributed to the elusive artist was uncovered after his Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, a quirky guesthouse that stands close to Israel's security barrier in the West Bank, opened in March.
Welcome to the wall: artist Banksy opens Bethlehem hotel (credit: REUTERS)

Set up in secrecy over 14 months, the hotel gained international media coverage.



In a statement, Banksy's said that the hotel, the guerrilla artist's biggest project in two years, "offers a warm welcome to people from all sides of the conflict from across the world."

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