Donuts (Strawberry) by Banksy

Donuts Banksy

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Banksy’s Donuts first appeared on a canvas in 2009 in the pink colourway – often called the ‘strawberry’ version, in reference to the pink icing covering the donut. Unlike most of Banksy’s works, Donuts was never painted in the street. Soon after the canvas original was released, 299 signed Strawberry Donuts screenprints and 299 of the Chocolate Donut version were released. The number of prints released – 299 for each flavour – is said to be a reference to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ financial troubles in 2007, when it closed down 299 stores.

Banksy’s stencilled artwork shows an American police van topped by a large pink donut being escorted by American police officers on motorbikes. Despite the ridiculousness of the situation, the policemen have grave expressions. The assumption is, in this largely monochromatic composition, that the donut is being protected by the police. The convoy with motorbikes evokes the motorcade that traditionally escorts and protectis American heads of state and also makes reference to Kennedy’s embarrassing blunder when he said: ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ in a speech during a visit to Berlin – which literally translates to, ‘I am a donut’.

A number of interpretations and references can be read in this humorous composition: the fast food icon of the sugary donut is synonymous with the American cop portrayed on TV and in cinema. The artwork parodies this theme, calling into question the ethics and values of the authorities, seemingly protecting what they hold most dear, and perhaps communicating a further comment over the safety of the people under the protection of these greedy officials wasting time on trivial matters.

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