New works by Banksy have started to appear around New York including this giant mural the artist did in collaboration with graffiti writer Borf.
The mural shows Turkish artist Zehra Dogan, who a year ago was sentenced to jail for nearly three years by the Turkish courts for a watercolor painting she did based on a photograph she saw in a newspaper.
The anonymous British artist’s 70-foot-long mural was unveiled on Thursday, and it protests the imprisonment of the Turkish-Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Dogan, who was sentenced last March for painting the destruction of a predominantly Kurdish town, with Turkey’s flag flying over rubble.
“I really feel for her. I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence,” Banksy said in a statement to the New York Times.
The mural was a collaboration with the graffiti artist Borf, who has spent time in jail for his work.
Slightly further uptown at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue, another Banksy work appeared, albeit much smaller: a rat, running inside a clock atop a former bank building that is slated for demolition.
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