Banksy Hacks Off Murdoch With New Work
New Banksy work revealed online First Photo
The controversial British graffiti artist Banksy aka Robin Gunningham has posted a new work on his website ( http://www.banksy.co.uk/newoutdoors/index.htm) exploring the scandal which has engulfed News International over the past months. The exact location of the work has not been revealed, but it is thought to be somewhere in the Wapping area, near the headquarters of News International in the UK.
This is not the first connection that the popular artist has had with News Corp, earlier this year Banksy created the opening sequence for the cartoon 'The Simpsons' which is created for 20th Century Fox, a subsidiary of Murdoch's media empire. The animation shows Bart writing "I must not write all over the walls" across the walls of his classroom. then dozens of sweatshop workers in a filthy warehouse, painting cartoon cells and making Simpsons merchandise. The sequence begins with the sight of hometown Springfield covered with graffiti and tagged by Banksy himself. Then, when the Simpson family gathers on their living room sofa, the image becomes a reference shot for legions of workers in the grim industrial complex where they paint more cartoon cells and churn out Simpsons merchandise.
Here is the link: SOSA Save Our Street Art
SOSA is the start of a lobbing group which plans to list and put pressure on Local Councils to be responsible for the protection of these works. It is time to start treating them as they would any piece of public art under their control. Camden Council removed one of Banksy’s best known works (French Maid ) stating that it encouraged anti social behavior.These works are in desperate need of preservation some are flaking and must be put under protective care. A worldwide preservation society needs to be actioned immediately, if we are to protect these important 21st century frescoes.