Alison shares Banksy’s artist’s statement in her post:
Banksy asserts that outside is where art should live, amongst us. And rather than street art being a fad, maybe it’s the last thousand years of art history that’s a blip, when art came inside in service of the church and institutions. But art’s rightful place is on the cave walls of our communities where it can act as a public service, provoke debate, voice concerns, forge identities.
The world we live in today is run – visually at least – by traffic signs, billboards and planning committees. Is that it? Don’t we want to live in a world made of art, not just decorated by it?
I wondered what sport might learn from this approach. I Imagine neighbourhoods having the opportunity to meet teachers, coaches and athletes on a regular basis … Midnight Basketball meets Football United meets Sport Matters.
Keegan Hamilton of The Village Voice wrote about Banksy’s New York visit. Keegan suggests:
The fleeting nature of Banksy’s art is part of its appeal … a new piece each day in New York “turns the city into a giant game of treasure hunt.” Each work is a precious commodity that can disappear overnight. He (Banksy) wants them to be discovered in alleys next to dumpsters, not displayed in a sterile museum.
In my more fanciful moments I do imagine communities hosting diverse learning opportunities. Everyone shares their energy, experience and expertise. Creative and performing arts, play, games and sport can do this … and make micro open learning episodes a ‘normal’ part of our community experience.