The Olympics is so much more than a sporting event. This 2,000 + year old tradition was started by the Greeks in 776 BC and has grown into a massive worldwide gathering of cultures from around the world. Over 200 countries will partake in 2012 Olympics and it will attract over 4 billion viewers for the opening ceremony tonight on NBC.
Digging a bit deeper, you must realize there are 2 sides of the spectrum when it comes to putting together this billion dollar event. There are always positives and negatives and people behind the scenes who are plotting and scheming for their own personal gain, that’s the way of the world these days. That’s why for today’s Graffiti Friday we are recognizing the artwork of famed street artist Bansky. He has made his mark in London leading up to the 2012 Olympic games, with 3 separate images that are his representation of criticizing or even poking fun at the Olympics. Interpret it as you please, art speaks to you and is there for you to critique and evaluate and form your own opinions on.
Image 1: javelin thrower hurling a missile (above)
Image 2: a pole vaulter leaping over a fence
Image 3: sweatshop boy hunched over a sewing machine with a real Union Flag draped across the wall