The latest artwork thought to be by guerrilla artist Banksy has appeared on the streets of Glastonbury. An outhouse served as the 'canvas' for this latest work- which depicts a life-size image of a police officer frisking a young girl. The local police office was swamped with complaints about the piece. However, nothing can be done about it since the image is on private property.
Derek Balmer, from the Royal West of England Academy had the following to say about Bansky: "He has received publicity as no-one knows who he is". Mr. Balmer suggests that the popularity of Banksy is only due to his mysterious persona. However, hundreds- if not thousands- of people in England and throughout the world would disagree with that charge.
Many observe the work of Banksy as a form of 'visual voice' for the people. In that sense he has become a political underdog offering his own blend of social commentary. The question is... does Banksy want that role? Does he want to be a voice for the people? What do you think?
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