Banksy is an anonymous but famous Graffiti artist. Banksy is famous for tagging buildings, streets and bridges around the world. Now they have a new project
Banksy is originally from Bristol, England. The artist is famous for their political and satirical stenciled artworks which show up in cities all over the world. The new project is an Art Hotel on the wall border between Palestine and Israel.
“Banksy’s works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says that they were inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist”
The hotel has been named ‘The Walled Off” hotel, this is due to its proximity of the wall that separates Palestine and Israel. The wall is literally across the road and visible from the rooms within the hotel. It has been dubbed the hotel with the ‘worst view in the world’.
“It’s a genuine art hotel with fully functioning ensuite facilities and limited car parking. Operated by the local community, we offer a warm welcome to everyone from all sides of the conflict and across the world.”
“The hotel is located in a bustling area fully open to tourists from across the world. It has all the restaurants, bars and taxis you’d expect. We’re 500 metres from the checkpoint to Jerusalem and a mile from the centre of Bethlehem. The official British Foreign Office advice declares it a safe place to visit”
“The Walled Off Hotel is an entirely independent leisure facility set up and financed by Banksy. It is not aligned to any political movement or pressure group. The aim is to tell the story of the wall from every side and give visitors the opportunity to discover it for themselves.”
The art within the hotel is typical of the Banksy style and is politically charged, which leaves you asking questions. It opens on the 11th of March 2017 and offers rooms for every single budget. The hotel also features a full gallery of other artists, most are notable Palestinian artists from the past 20 years.
Here are some of the images from inside the hotel.