Anna Gragert
December 13, 2015 9:42 am

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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Then again, Banksy isn’t only talking the talk – he’s also walking the walk. A few months ago, the artist announced that his Dismaland park would be deconstructed and that the materials would be sent to help build the refugee camp outside Calais.

In other words: art can make change possible.

[Images via Twitter and Facebook]

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