Banksy Opens ‘The Walled Off Hotel’ With a View Of The Bethlehem Wall
The famous Bristol born street artist has opened a hotel in Bethlehem slap bang in between the Palestine and Israel divide.
Banky’s first work was seen in Bethlehem in the mid noughties after a series of paintings appeared on the Israeli West Bank Barrier in 2005. The British street artist is now back with another politically challenging stunt with his latest work with ‘The Walled Off Hotel By Banksy’. Located on the West Bank Barrier of Bethlehem which divides Palestine & Israel, the hotel sets to challenge the building of walls and dividing nations with “The worst view of any hotel in the world”. Following on with the huge success of ‘Dismaland’ in 2015, The Banksy Walled Off Hotel sets out to challenge current world affairs on the doorstep of where they actually happening.
As with the majority of work from one of the most celebrated street artists of all time, there is always some form of political message carried through with Banksy’s work. Whether it be anti-war, anarchism or challenging the global elite, The Walled Off Hotel by Banksy is no different. With a total of 10 rooms getting minimal sunlight and a view of the West Bank Barrier, the hotel sets out to challenge the building of walls and its detrimental affects as oppose to the 5 star Marriot ‘spa’ treatment.
As well as the 10 rooms the hotel includes artwork from the British street artist as well as Palestinian artists. Thought provoking features include a watertank riddled with bullet holes and bunk beds from old army barracks. References are also made to Britain’s previous control of Palestine, the ongoing refugee crisis and war in Syria as well as the Brexit vote and its consequences.
The Banksy Walled Off Hotel will be open for business on the 20th March 2017, keep posted at RC for further information. You can also check out some previous art from Banksy ‘Les Miserables Tear Gas‘ on the French Embassy in London from 2016.