Banksy's latest makes a crucial point about Steve Jobs and immigration
Art can make a difference. Art allows us to speak our minds, to have our voices heard. Art may be aesthetically pleasing, but it also has the power to act as a beacon of information. And if there’s one artist out there who effortlessly proves this point, it’s Banksy – especially with his latest mural.
On Friday, the world-renowned graffiti artist posted a new series of images to his homepage. The main snapshot depicts a mural of the late Steve Jobs in his signature turtleneck, blue jeans, sneakers, and round spectacles. He’s carrying a bulky Macbook in one hand and a rucksack slung over his shoulder in the other. The mural’s location – a refugee camp near Calais, France – is also important, since it gives the piece context.
“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,” explains Banksy in a statement. “Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion a year in taxes — and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
In addition to his symbolic Steve Jobs portrait, the artist created three other works. One reads, “Maybe this whole situation will just sort itself out,” in a bright orange font, on a wall in the “jungle” refugee camp. Another parodies Théodore Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa with immigrants crowded on a primitive raft. They are reaching out to a passing cruse ship. His last work is at a beach near Calais. It shows a child holding a telescope, one that has a foreboding vulture perched atop it. There is a small suitcase sitting behind him.
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