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Unsigned Print Edition of 750
H 35cm x W 100cm
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Weston Super Mare is an unsigned screen print in colour released in 2003 as an edition of 750, and is among the earliest prints by Banksy. A signed edition was released in an edition of 150.
Weston Super Mare by Banksy is a three-colour limited edition unsigned screen print of 750 and was released in 2003. The piece which depicts an elderly man, seated on a park bench, typical of those found along British seaside promenades. The man is quietly seated, hands folded in his lap, and his cane resting on the bench beside him. He looks to be content, perhaps watching the shoreline or the world go by. We must assume this is set in the coastal town of Weston Super Mare, given the title! The man is blind to the oncoming danger depicted to the right of the artwork. Banksy has stencilled an ominous, imposing, dark black bandsaw, almost hurtling towards the man on the bench. It seems to convey motion, tearing up the ground beneath it without a care for what may be in its path. Does this comment simply on the ultimate finality of life, or is it more Banksy's observations on how oblivious we can be in our day to day. Confident in our environment, our lives and existence, perhaps naively assuming we are in control of our own destiny. Without stopping to consider that there may be a menacing bandsaw just around the corner. Perhaps that's precisely the point, enjoy the small moments, because you simply never know what is just around the corner. Weston Super Mare was also the location of Banksy's 2015 'experience' Dismaland which took over a derelict theme park in the seaside town and caused an international clamour for tickets.
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