Over the past decades, Banksy have been one of the biggest (if not the biggest) names in the street art scene. Banksy’s rise to fame and notoriety was born from his controversial and often politically-charged stencilled graffiti works. Originally from England, Banksy’s work grew out from the Bristol underground art scene into a global phenomenon.
While it is exceedingly difficult to narrow down a handful of works that define his style, we present below a selection of Banksy’s early and obscure street art installations.
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Banksy’s painted elephant was a part of the show “Barely Legal” held in an industrial warehouse in Los Angeles, California in 2006. the show was meant to address important issues such as poverty, which is ignored by most people, the animal refers to the metaphor of the elephant in the room.
“Sirens of the Lambs” and it features a bunch of cuddly puppet animals peeking out of a truck, squealing (or at least squeaking) with fear. Its purpose was to bring attention to the cruel conditions real animals suffer when being transported from factory farms to slaughterhouses.