A Nostalgic Winter Scene Takes a Sinister Turn in a New Welsh Work by Banksy
Yesterday, Banksy (previously) left his mark in the South Wales town of Port Talbot, his first in the UK nation.
The area drew attention earlier this year when a World Health Organization report named it the most polluted community in the UK (the designation was later revoked).
The street artist seemed to be referencing this undesirable ranking in his piece, which is placed on two adjacent sides of a cement brick garage.
A young boy clad in winter gear and with a small sled appears with arms outstretched, his pink tongue catching what appears to be snowflakes.
But the nostalgic scene takes on a different meaning when both walls are viewed together, as the “snow” is revealed to be flakes of ash from a dumpster fire.
Banksy has declared the work to be his in a video posted earlier today on Instagram, where you can join 5 million others in keeping up with his latest hijinks. (via Juxtapoz)