With the Olympics beginning at the end of this week, everywhere you look there are Olympic branded sneakers, clothing and products available, but how does an artist like Banksy contribute to the games? By making street art dedicated to the Olympics of course!
Two pieces by the incognito artist have popped up on the streets of London that look like pictures of Olympic athletes. But like all of Banksy’s work, upon further inspection, there’s social commentary behind it. The first, titled Javelin Missile, depicts an Olympic athlete getting ready to throw a javelin made out of a missile, while the other is a bit more subtle.
The second piece, Pole Vault, looks like an actual athlete doing a pole vault over a real barbed wire fence and there happens to be a dirty mattress strategically placed in front of the piece for the athlete to land on. Call it the “ghetto-Olympics,” if you will.
You can take a look at the two new pieces by Banksy for the 2012 London Olympics in the gallery above!