Saturday, 18 September 2010

Sarkozy, Burqa and The Bristol Vandal of Street Art

Nick Walker “Le Coran-can” Quai De Valmy, Paris 2010. Source:

Street Art is a(bout) controversial issue(s). If you want simple and meaningful examples, check out the seminal works by Banksy and Shepard Fairey. Having said that, the name of the piece you see in the picture above is "Le Coran-can" by Nick Walker. This time the punchy stencils of "Bristol Vandal"  are timely adressing the "tittle-tattle" or, if you want, the "scandal" - i.e. the Can-Can - triggered by Sarkozy’s decision to prohibit the wearing of the Burqa and Niqab in France.This is a controversial issue which is triggering a public debate in the global sphere: France, Europe, The World. In the same way, Walker targeted Pope Benedict XVI four-day visit to UK,  bedeviled by years of Catholic church sex scandals. See the piece below: "Cardinal Sinister". Whatever your opinion, it seems that Street Art strikes again, uh?

Nick Walker “Cardinal Sinister” Royal College of Art, London 2010. Source:

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