By Billy The Kid / Bottom Posts / 3rd March 2017
You arrive at “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, Israel and you are greeted by a monkey in a suit, before entering a dystopian colonial scene. An automatic grand piano plays an eerie tune. In the fireplace, flames glow through concrete and shrapnel; while water flows into a lavish hot tub from a tank scarred by bullets. “If you are not completely baffled then you don’t understand,” crackles from the presenter of a video that explains the history of the region – a tragedy embodied by the 600 km wall that gives the hotel its name. Welcome to the hotel with the worst view in the world.
View from The Presidential Suite.
All 10 rooms face onto the wall dividing Israel and The Palestinian territories on The West Bank. One of the most controversial and dangerous sites in the world. Banksy has long been vocal about the situation and the wall itself has served as a canvas for some of his most famous works. The fully functioning hotel is an artwork in itself, as well as a protest. It includes works of art from Palestinian artists and Banksy hopes it will bring discussion and visitors to the area.
The spectacle is likely to keep all rooms fully booked, but Banksy wants guests to leave with more than a couple new Instas.
“(It’s) a three-storey cure for fanaticism, with limited car parking,”
He also dismissed worries that security concerns would keep people away, pointing out that he had packed out a “bemusement park” in the British version of Harrismith.
“My accountant was worried some people will be too scared to travel to the West Bank, but then I remind him – for my last show they spent a whole day in Weston-super-Mare.”
“Walls are hot right now, but I was into them long before [Donald] Trump made it cool,”
The faceless master gets stuck into the eye of the storm, and he nails it.
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