Banksy's 'Steve Jobs Was an Immigrant' Mural Gets the Special Treatment

By Gary Cutlack on at

French authorities have said they're moving to protect one of the latest Banksy artworks to pop up in the city of Calais, with glass and plastic screens being hurried into place to protect a Steve Jobs pic before Katie Hopkins or Donald Trump can get there and emulsion it over.

The image, which went super-viral over the weekend, shows a furtive and worried looking Jobs with an early Mac in one hand and a rucksack over his shoulder, as if he's concerned for his safety, what with being a bit foreign in this day and age. Banksy's web site also features the image, along with the caption "the son of a migrant from Syria."

The incendiary image appeared on a wall in the ever-growing Calais migrant camp, with authorities saying: "We found out about the presence of this artwork on Friday and have decided to protect it, so it is not damaged."

Banksy also issued a more fleshed-out explanation of his refugee line to the media, adding: "We're often led to believe migration is a drain on the country's resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant."

The artist has obviously been spending some time out there in northern France, as several other of his works have appeared on the walls in Calais, such as this one...


...which says something about inequality in boat sizes across the different layers of society (Banksy's yacht, picture right), and this one...


...which is probably about futile dreams of escape or maybe just an advert for telescopes. He's got to earn money somehow. [Straits Times]

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