You're walking down the street, minding your own business. You happen to look up and see the image above and crack a smile. Banksy is best known for his street art in unexpected locations around the world. Made with intricate stencils and layers of spray paint, Banksy's stunt-like work goes beyond London's walls, from zoos to the wall in the West Bank. Taking viewers by surprise, his work invites them to question their assumptions and look more closely at the world around them.
|1. Brandalism: Like Andy Warhol, Banksy repurposes recognizable images in pop culture. Banksy's "brandalism" is often an irreverent, visual satire on society. Closer look: Banksy's spoof on Monet's classic makes a statement on consumerism. Similarly, here's one on The Jungle Book characters and environmentalism.|
|2. Mystery: Banksy keeps his identity secret. This anonymity is practical in order to avoid arrest (even though he's been arrested before), but also makes the voice of his work seem more ubiquitous. Here's some speculation on his real name. Closer look: Banksy in disguise, putting a spoof painting on a museum wall.|
|3. It's everywhere: Banksy's work is not limited to street art - his work has been displayed in museums and auctioned off for large sums. You walk by public art every day, from decorative murals to Banksy-like stenciled "revolutionary" statements behind the newspaper boxes at Stanford's post office. For public art with a more cheerful spin, look out for Katie Sokoler's whimsical work in the streets of New York. Closer look: Another example of Banksy's work|
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