See inside Banksy’s new Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

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See inside Banksy’s new Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

Post by Sassy on Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:43 pm

The Walled Off Hotel is a few metres from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists.


Graffiti artist Banksy has opened a hotel in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.



The elusive British artist famously painted several murals on the wall built to separate Israeli and Palestinian territory in the West Bank.

His Walled Off Hotel is in Bethlehem, revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, a few metres from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists. Speaking to Channel 4 News, Banksy said: “Walls are hot right now, but I was into them long before Trump made it cool”.




The view from the Presidential Suite, billed as “the worst view in the world”


Security cameras and slingshots decorate the walls of the hotel bar

The nine-room hotel is staffed by local people – none of whom knew the identity of the owner until today.

It contains dozens of Banksy works, a themed bar and interactive exhibits.

One depicts the signing of the Balfour Declaration which set the conditions for the establishment of Israel 100 years ago this year.


Gavin Grindon of the University of Essex, who co-curated the museum, with the re-enactment of the signing of the 1919 Balfour declaration


An Israeli security watch tower seen from one of the hotel’s nine rooms


A wall decorated with models of drones and a painting of Jesus with a sniper’s dot on his forehead

The hotel has been “decorated to resemble an English gentlemen’s club from colonial times” in recognition of the historical role Britain played in the region.

Banksy says people from all sides of the Middle East conflict are welcome to stay, and he is not affiliated to any political party or pressure group.

The hotel is Banksy’s first major project since Dismaland, a temporary exhibition in Weston-super-Mare that offered a sinister take on theme parks.






More pictures at https://www.channel4.com/news/banksy-opens-bethlehem-hotel
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:16 am

What a brilliant artist of our time, enigmatic, subtle, and bang on the button!

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Post by Irn Bru on Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:42 am

scrat wrote:What a brilliant artist of our time, enigmatic, subtle, and bang on the button!

He certainly is and not afraid to touch on the subjects that many artists would choose to avoid.

Stands tall in every respect.
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Post by Aspca4ever on Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:04 am

WOW, is this dude 'SAFE' ...I mean won't some of those hard wired Christians take offense to his rather twisted art and sense of humor?
But I do love it, it appeals to my quirky/twisted since of justice and tilted humor!
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Post by Aspca4ever on Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:13 am

Amazing, such profound work!  I LIKE IT!
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:38 pm

Aspca4ever wrote:Amazing, such profound work!  I LIKE IT!

I love most of his stuff, it is indeed profound and should be celebrated! I love you

I have no time for the Palastinian cause though. They routinely kill people for being gay.

Nuff said.

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:46 pm

.....Apart from to say let them rot.

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Post by Aspca4ever on Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:32 pm

Catman wrote:

I love most of his stuff, it is indeed profound and should be celebrated! I love you

I have no time for the Palastinian cause though. They routinely kill people for being gay.

Nuff said.

And that's why, to me ...such examples of rich art work and the dual messages with in that depiction has such deeply felt meaning, at least to me. Like a Star @ heaven
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:00 pm

Aspca4ever wrote:

And that's why, to me ...such examples of rich art work and the dual messages with in that depiction has such deeply felt meaning, at least to me. Like a Star @ heaven

Well,yes!

I can understand the art behind the issue, but for me the Palastinians and their ilk (abroad) represent some of the most brutality against my brothers and sisters.

I have no problem with muslims in this country.

...But to be gay there (in that region) then you would be better of living in Israel FACT!

Whilst i might be sympatetic to their cause (to a certain extent) I could nver support their cause due to them being savages and hypocritical in murdering my brothers and sisters.

I hope that you can understand my point of view.

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