During the days of the Venice Biennale opening, Bansky realized a wall spray stencil - right in the heart of the days of pre-opening of the largest exhibition in the world. Banksy is an English artist and writer, considered one of the greatest exponents of street art, whose real identity is still unknown. His works are often satirical and concern topics such as politics, culture and ethics.
This time the artist chose Venice as a theater for his new work, and in particular an historic building in the San Pantalon area, for sale with Engel & Völkers. The work was carried out directly on the external wall, south side, of this Venetian building of about 400 square meters overlooking the canal, with a water door, a roof terrace "altana" and an additional inner courtyard with an original Venetian wellhead. The graffiti shows a child with his feet in the water wearing a life jacket and holding a flashlight with fuchsia smoke in his right hand. Certainly the property, already majestic, due to the particular position and the characteristic structure developed on several floors and almost entirely overlooking the water, will increase its visibility even further thanks to the choice of Banksy.
The work, as well as the building, can be admired in all their grandeur by crossing the bridge of San Pantalon, which cross the Rio di Ca’ Foscari and which connects the same named square ‘campo’ to Campo Santa Margherita. It is the second Banky’s piece of art in Italy after the Madonna with a gun in Naples (in 2010), but certainly the first work of the artist to appear in Venice, a city rich of historical and architectural masterpieces imbued with an atmosphere of art and beauty, even in the most unexpected places.