British graffiti artist Banksy’s mural of late Apple founder Steve Jobs as a refugee on a wall in the Calais migrant camp in northern France will be protected, along with two other Banksy operates in other parts of the city.
The Banksy mural depicts a life-size Jobs carrying a shoulder bag and an early-model Apple computer on a wall at the entrance of the Calais camp, surrounded by immigrants’ tents.
Authorities in Calais mentioned they program to shield the murals with glass or transparent plastic panels.
“We discovered out about the presence of this artwork on Friday and have decided to protect it, so it is not damaged,” a Calais city spokeswoman stated.
Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart told nearby newspaper Nord Littoral that the artwork is an chance for the city.
“It is extremely excellent, and it has a message,” she said.
Banksy, whose identity has in no way been confirmed, stated in a uncommon statement to British media that Apple only exists since US authorities permitted in a young man from Homs, Syria.
“We’re typically led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s sources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant,” said Banksy, who is well-known for painting ironic murals in unexpected locations.
Some 6,000 migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East live in a so-named “jungle” of camps in Calais and are attempting repeatedly to enter Britain by jumping onto lorries, hiding on trains and walking by means of the tunnel in the hope of much better lives there than in continental Europe.
In a second Banksy mural by the Calais beach, a child appears towards Britain through a telescope, with a vulture perched on the telescope.
A third perform in the city, close to the immigration office, reproduces a black-and-white version of The Raft of the Medusa, a famous painting of shipwreck survivors by 19th-Century French painter Theodore Gericault.
It shows survivors on a raft desperately waving to catch the interest of what looks like a contemporary yacht on the horizon.
The Banksy website carries a photo of the mural with the subscription: “We’re not all in the identical boat.”
In September, the artist said on his website that timber and fixtures from his temporary Dismaland theme park in western England would be sent to construct shelters for migrants in Calais.
Subjects: visual-art, refugees, immigration, france, england, united-kingdom