Americans Working Overhead (2004) – Banksy
The mysterious Banksy is one of Europe’s most influential artists and the world’s most famous graffiti artist. His work appears in major cities across the world, and covers a wide range of political and social issues. He has created many works that involve soldiers and themes of war, often depicting them in ways that challenge our governments' decisions about when and how military force is used. This “Americans Working Overhead” sticker uses the visual language of street signs and is one of his many anti-war pieces protesting about the deployment of the American military overseas. Banksy’s most memorable stunts, or interventions, include hanging one of his own paintings at Tate Britain (which went undetected for hours) and mounting a stuffed rat at London’s Natural History Museum.
On this day
1761 Maker of wax sculptures Madame Marie Tussaud was born in France.
1953 The first edition of Playboy magazine was published, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the
magazine's first centrefold.
1955 Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a
white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama.
1988 Benazir Bhutto was named the first female Prime Minister of a Muslim country (Pakistan).
Did you know …?
Although forever linked with Scotland, the bagpipes were actually first played in Persia hundreds of years ago.