Turns out Banksy inspires more people than just hipsters and art snobs. Bridge Farm Primary, an elementary school in Bristol, England, recently named a school house after the infamously anonymous artist. And Banksy just returned the favour.
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Describing graffiti as a "minor terrorism-related act", researchers in the UK have used a technique developed for crime-fighting to tag the identity of Banksy, a highly prolific but secretive street artist. The system could thwart more serious crimes, but its use in outing an anonymous artist shows the potential for abuse.
If you visit the primary school in Terracina, Italy, you're going to be a little bit tripped it out. As of a month or two ago, several small children appear to be standing sideways on the building's façade. But obviously, children cannot defy gravity. They're actually the latest creation of a street artist named Strøk.
What's alleged to be Banksy's latest piece of artwork has popped up on the side of a house in UK town of Cheltenham, and it depicts security agents spying on a public phone — right round the corner from the UK's intelligence centre, GCHQ. The piece is located just down the road from the UK's Government Communications Headquarters — the home of all things intelligence on the other side of the Atlantic.
Banksy, the mysterious (er, kind of mysterious) British street artist who popularised stencils in the 2000s, is in New York this month to stage a 30-day exhibit that takes place entirely on the streets. His first piece, yesterday, has already been painted over. But we were able to locate today's feature, which is hidden below the High Line.
The video above is your only clue. Your mission, if you choose to accept it: find this signed and authenticated print of Banksy's "No Ball Games" within the next 30 days at one of the Art Series hotel chains — snatch it without getting nabbed and it's yours to keep. The piece is stashed somewhere in the Melbourne area and worth $15,000 Australian.
Thinking that Banksy is cool has become so mainstream that it's almost not cool anymore. But Banksy has never been more mysterious as his street art still magically manifests out of nowhere. And how many of his pieces have you seen? And where oh where can you even see them? This iPhone app tells you where.