Banksy Is Cool; You Are Not

Banksy's Hirst

No doubt many would like to deface a Hirst spot painting. The man who has done it is the street artist Banksy has a show up in his hometown of Bristol for the next three weeks. Of course, being the cool cat that he is he has to mock the town in the process of thanking it:

The exhibition, called Banksy versus Bristol Museum, consists of more than 100 items, including a sculpture of a riot police officer astride a child’s rocking horse and a moving display featuring chicks as chicken nuggets. An original Damien Hirst painting has a giant stencil of a rat painted over it and part of Banksy’s “Bog Henge” – an imitation of the Stonehenge circle made from portable toilets from the Glastonbury Festival – also appears. [...]

Banksy’s last major public show in a Los Angeles warehouse in 2006 lasted for three days and attracted dozens of A-list celebrities. [...]

News of the exhibition was kept secret but in a rare statement Banksy said: “The people in Bristol have always been very good to me – I decided the best way to show my appreciation was by putting a bunch of old toilets and some live chicken nuggets in their museum. “I could have taken the show to a lot of places, but they do have a very nice cup of tea in the museum.”

Banksy Back in Bristol for Biggest British Exhibition (Telegraph)