Bristol’s stencil king Banksy does what he does best… to show the world through his art what is really going on. After Dismaland in Weston super Mare Banksy donated all of the wood and materials to the camps of Calais calling this project Dismalaid. The crew from Dismaland went over to Calais refugee camp and became aid workers, helping to build 12 dwellings, a community area and a children’s play park
Banksy has also created new pieces in a large migrant camp in Calais, which he names the Jungle…
The anonymous graffiti artist has sprayed an image of Apple founder and the son of a Syrian migrant, Steve Jobs, carrying a Macintosh computer and his belongings like a newly arrived refugee. Sprayed to the right of Steve Jobs are the words… “Nobody deserves to live this way”. Using Steve Jobs image symbolises the Apple co-founder’s status as the son of a Syrian migrant.
“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 $7bn a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs,” Banksy
Another piece writes on the wall ” Maybe this whole situation will sort its self out”
A piece in Calais town centre shows a refugee boat inspired by an oil painting by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricaul “The Raft of the Medusa” (French: Le Radeau de la Méduse), The refugees are looking over to a luxury liner with a helicopter pad reading…“We’re not all in the same boat”
Another stencil in Calais sees a young girl looking through a telescope over the sea, dreaming of a future, but not seeing the king of scavengers, a vulture, sitting on top staring at her. Vultures rarely attack healthy animals, but may kill the wounded or sick.
Thank you Banksy for another powerful set of murals to highlight and bring attention to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.
You can also make a difference today by donating directly to the Syria Relief.