Inspired by Wildo7's avatar, I wanted to start a thread about Banksy. Banksy is a UK graffiti artist who specializes in political commentary. A lot of that is commentary on American foreign policy as well as British foreign policy, especially with respect to Iraq. But he doesn't stop there. Common targets are mega-corporations and the problems of authoritarian governments who opress their own people. The thing that's great about Banksy is that his art is wonderfully thought-provoking, frequently juxtaposing seemingly unrelated ideas to great effect. A lot of this actually helps us re-set our moral compass. Another thing about Banksy that's great is that he really seems to get at the crux of the issue. In an era of fear and control, he not only points this out but seems to suggest a way out: a return to our core humanity. A final thing is the conversation over the public space. What belongs there? Is there a place for beauty? Or is it the domain of corporate billboards? Some works On pollution http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...la.arp.jpg/180px-Banksy.on.the.thekla.arp.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/fisherboy.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/flowerpetalgirl.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/rats/poison_rat.jpg On fox news http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/nyc/houston.jpg On Katrina http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/nola/Trumpet2.jpg On corporations http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/tescoflag.jpg On beauty in the public sphere and TV http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/watercan-girl-3.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/girl-tv.jpg On CCTV http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/camera-girl-5.jpg File:Bansky one nation under cctv.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia On the police or military occupation http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/kissingcoppers3.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/piltonfrisk.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/smileycoppers_street.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/guantanemo.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/pissingguard.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/soldierbeth01.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/sniperbris.jpg On war http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/rocket-launcher.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/copgirl3.jpg On hope and humanity http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/balloongirl_alwayshope.jpg On graffiti http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/landscapes/what2.jpg On everyday life http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/images/rats0406/not-a-race-3.jpg On the West Bank barrier File:Mauer-betlehem.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/Banksy,_gandhi_graffiti_on_apartheid_wall.jpg Wildo7's avatar File:Banksy costume.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia And some quotes. β If you have a statue in the city centre, you could go past it every day on your way to school and never even notice it, right - but as soon as someone puts a traffic cone on its head, you've made your own sculpture. β from The Independent β β The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little. β β People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly. β β Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a ******* sharp knife to it. Banksy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Banksy So political forum, what does Bansky do for you?