August 5, 2005

Painting a hole in the wall.

An artist paints fool-the-eye images on the Palestinian side of the West Bank barrier. Click on the link to see the cartoony illusion of looking through the wall.

Nice painting. I simultaneously love and deplore graffiti. Banksy says he opposes the wall (except to the extent that he likes it for giving him a place to paint), but the images are on the Palestinians' side and seem to taunt them: look how much nicer things are on the other side. It's complex how the paintings are cheerful, nicely done, and dress up an otherwise blank concrete wall, but at the same time they inflame and anger as they make the viewer envy the life the Israelis enjoy.

8 comments:

Charlie (Colorado) said...

Hmmm. He slipped a fake cave painting into the British Museum. I like this guy.

Goesh said...

They need one from the other side showing arafat putting large sacks of money in a Swiss bank

Mary said...

Goesh, why so angry, dude? Let it go. It's Friday; it's summer. Maybe go for a walk and get some air. I can see wanting attention, but all your comments seem to be coming straight out of negativeland lately. cheer up bub. :)

Goesh said...

Oh my! And here I thought I was just being clever. I better post a recipe for fried apples in the post about apples.

Freeman Hunt said...

The pictures are impressive. I like Goesh's idea for the other side.

DirtCrashr said...

I always thought it was funny/strange to see graffitti written on the Free side of the Berlin wall, "Die Mauer Muss Weg KPD/ML" (KPD/ML = Kommunist Party Deutschland/Militant League). I was young and naive and couldn't believe that they really did want the wall down - and for everybody to be communist. Workers Paradise, yeh right.

dax said...

Here's Bansky!
The guy is a stencil genius!

http://www.banksy.co.uk/menu.html

lindsey said...

I'm pretty disappointed to hear that Banksy wants the wall taken down. That's kind of like saying he wants more Jewish people to die.