Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Banksy's Nativity – With Bullet Hole in Place of Star – Unveiled in Bethlehem

By Rebecca Kim
Wissam Salsaa, the manager of the Walled-Off Hotel, pictured with Banksy’s Scar of Bethlehem. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images. Courtsey of The Guardian 
With Christmas just around the corner, Banksy has unveiled his newest artwork which reinterprets the traditional nativity scene. Scar of Bethlehem sees Mary and Joseph gathered around baby Jesus on the floor of a barn, as a large concrete wall is placed as the main backdrop. Strewn with bullet marks and graffiti with the words “Love” and “Paix” (peace), a shell explosion in four directions leaves a large opening emulating the Star of Bethlehem as it shines onto the family. The artwork is located inside Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank of Bethlehem and emphasizes the concrete walls that separate the area from Israel. [More]
The Banksy artwork depicts the birth of Jesus under Israel's West Bank separation barrier with a bullet hole shaped like a star. (Majdi Mohammed/Associated Press)
CNN: A new art installation dubbed "Scar of Bethlehem" by the artist Banksy.
Instagram @banksy (Verified) "Scar of Bethlehem." A modified nativity set for the @walledoffhotel