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Banksy Creates Steve Jobs Artwork At Calais Migrant Camp Highlighting Crisis

12-12-2015
 
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A new work by the infamous Bristol street artist Banksy has materialised at the migrant camp in Calais. Graffiti of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has appeared in the jungle migrant camp, serving as a poignant reminder that he was the son of a Syrian migrant.

Image: Graffiti of Steve Jobs carrying a sack and a Macintosh by Banksy has appeared in Calais' jungle camp, symbolising the Apple co-founder's status as the son of a Syrian migrant. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The latest work, which draws on the famous picture of Jobs taken by Albert Watson in 2006 which was later used as the cover image for Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, depicts the late Apple boss as carrying a sack and a Macintosh. A number of images appeared on the artist's website confirming the work's authenticity.

Image: Graffiti of Steve Jobs carrying a sack and a Macintosh by Banksy has appeared in Calais' jungle camp, symbolising the Apple co-founder's status as the son of a Syrian migrant. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs,” a statement said.

The creation of the work follows on from the Bristol street artist's infamous theme park Dismaland - which gave Weston-super-Mare an economy boost of over £20 million - and saw the pop-up "bemusement park” visited by over 150,000 visitors in its last five weeks - before being appropriately 're-tasked', and dismantled before being shipped to the migrant camp near Calais to make shelters.


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