Much coverage of the upcoming sale of the building that houses the mural portrays it as a covert intervention into the urban fabric, but the reality, like most things Banksy, is more complicated.
The city’s colorful rótulos, signs hand-painted on the stands of street vendors, are being erased by a local government seemingly unaware that popular graphics are a critical part of Mexico’s patrimony.
Art makes streets safer by “increasing visibility of pedestrian spaces and crosswalks” and “encouraging drivers to slow down.”
Despite the project’s apparent success, its artists ultimately understood that murals are not material resources, even though creating beauty in underserved neighborhoods holds space for people to feel seen.
From Norway to Mexico, street artists paint murals calling to end the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This culture industry perfects the mechanisms for the wholesale destruction of art not beholden to establishment narratives.
“Street art really helps reimagine what a place can look like,” said Yash Bhandari, a contributing artist.
“What happened is unfortunate, but it’s highlighted how important these works are to people from all walks of life,” said Hanif Kureshi, co-founder of St+art India.
The years-long tradition of staking out a parking spot hard earned by shoveling snow has spurred street installations utilizing tables, religious statues, and even frozen pants.
After the mural appeared on the for-sale home, its owners swiftly took the house off the market to consider their next steps.
Over 60 artists have contributed to Project 270, an initiative by Mana Urban Arts Project, to engage young, disenfranchised voters nationwide.
An autumnal offering of Artemisia Gentileschi, Dorothea Tanning, Henri Matisse, and Guston galore, among much, much else.