A new interactive mural by cult graffiti artist Banksy popped up in London over the weekend.
Painted on the wall of a building site opposite the French Embassy, the piece is the latest in a series from the secretive artist criticizing the way refugees and migrants are treated at the Calais “Jungle” camp in northern France.
The mural, based on the iconic poster for the hit musical Les Miserables, depicts a young girl with tears in her eyes, and the French national flag in the background.
Next to the spray-painted image is a QR code which, when captured on cell phone, links to a video showing French police using tear gas to disperse crowds in the Calais Jungle earlier this month.
But the powerful statement was not there for long. Banksy fans who came to see the artwork Monday were disappointed to find it hidden behind wooden boards.
Many people stated that after hearing about the news decided to go to the place and see the artwork with their own eyes, as admirers of Banksy work, and when they get there, the grafitti wasn’t there.
This isn’t the first time he has used his cult art power to draw attention to the refugee crisis in Europe. Last summer, Banksy exhibited Dismaland, a sell-out dystopian theme park installation that portrayed the refugee crisis in several of its pieces. Many of the remnants of the artwork were later taken to Calais to help make shelters for residents.
Many of those hoping to see his latest work on the streets of London’s upscale Knightsbridge expected to see another iteration of the artist’s political message.
“Banksy is wherever the politics are and for now this is poignant and relevant politics… until the refugees are looked after the way they should be.”
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