Trying to encapsulate why I think Banksy is important, I couldn't do better than this little contribution. Hilarious and - I hesitate to say it but it's true - profound. It is called 'Blue Period'.
Whenever I come across another article in my local media calling for hanging to be reintroduced to deal with 'vandals', I understand the underlying concern with property damage, illegality and so on, but I think "And yet, and yet...".
This is nothing less than a redefinition of the concept of public art. Illegal most of it may be, but it is public art nevertheless. The best of it, at least. Is it right to condemn a medium because of its worst manifestations rather than its best?
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