Elusive artist Banksy is back at his “Walled Off Hotel” in the city of Bethlehem in Palestine with a new stunt to celebrate the festive season with a “festive spectacular” titled Alternativity, and continue to raise media awareness in one of the most troubled parts of the globe.
Through the month of December, ‘Alternativity’ will feature a play specifically designed and directed by Rihaam Issac and Danny Boyle as well as other surprises.
As a nod to the biblical events, two versions of the Alternativity’s invite present a heavily pregnant Mary sitting on a donkey while Joseph is looking perplexed at the Separation Wall while the star is shining on the other side. How do they cross?
Nearby the Walled Off Hotel, Banksy unveiled two brand new controversial street pieces, painted illegally.
The first piece is a text based work which reads “Peace on Earth *terms and conditions apply.” Located in one of the most famous holy locations, in front of the Milk Grotto Church, the clever text-based works juxtaposes the spiritual and universal festive quote ‘Peace on earth’ and religious Christmas Star with a consumerism message ‘Terms and conditions apply’, highlighting the sarcastic turn of our modern day society.
It also references to the delicate and fragile balance to maintain peace.
The second piece features two stencilled angels, equipped with a crowbar and trying to breakthrough the infamous Separation Wall.
One of the angels is wearing a handkerchief to cover his face while the other has a little beanie in true vandal style to carry out their mischief.
As usual with Banksy, it’s a perfect placement for this cute and cheeky artwork. The anonymous artist continues to highlight political issues through his art with a touch of humour.
Photos by John Cmakers