He’s taken on the streets of London, New York, and even Jerusalem with his thought-provoking stenciling, and now, the elusive street artist Banksy has taken over the City of Light.
In true Banksy style, there was no hoopla surrounding the new pieces around Paris. And it wasn’t until his work started showing up on social media that the artist confirmed the work as his own.
The first piece — depicting a young black girl spray painting a whimsical wallpaper pattern over a swastika — was discovered on World Refugee Day. This piece was poignantly placed at Porte de la Chapelle which has become a migrant soup kitchen.
Another haunting piece, depicting a ghost-like figure, sits on a fire door of The Bataclan theatre where 89 people were killed in a 2015 terrorist attack on the city.
Banksy’s other works can be seen at Sorbonne University, Montmartre, and along the Seine River. Much of the art takes a critical view of France’s foreign policies, while other stencils simply point out the absurdity of life.
Unfortunately, we can’t have nice things so I’m disappointed to say some of these Banksy works have already been defaced. The young girl by the migrant soup kitchen has already been “vandalised” and according to the New York Times, the rat riding the flying champagne cork has been cut out of the wall!
See a map of where to find the Banksy masterpieces around Paris (before they’re gone for good!), here.