Barely Legal (Banksy)

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"'Barely Legal" was a show by graffiti artist Banksy, held in an industrial warehouse in Los Angeles, California in 2006.[1] The free show was held over the weekend of the 16th September 2006.

Part of the exhibition was a 37-year old Indian elephant which was painted to match the wallpaper of the room in which it was placed. As the show was meant to address important issues such as poverty, which is ignored by most people,[2] the animal refers to the metaphor of the elephant in the room.

While in Los Angeles the artist also targeted Disneyland in Anaheim, where he disposed of a figure dressed up as a prisoner from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp behind on one of the rides. Meant to draw attention to the situation in the camp,[3] where several months earlier three inmates had committed suicide, it was taken down after approximately 90 minutes.[3] A video of the artist placing the figure in the theme park could also be seen at the exhibition.[2]

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  1. ^ Wyatt, Edward (September 16, 2006). "In the Land of Beautiful People, an Artist Without a Face". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "'Guerrilla artist' Banksy hits LA". BBC. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  3. ^ a b "Artist Banksy targets Disneyland". BBC. 2006-09-11. Retrieved 2016-03-14.