BANKSY - Greenpeace 'Save or Delete'

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2002. Offset Lithograph on recycled paper stock. Comes with original set of stickers.

This print was originally commissioned by Greenpeace to highlight the problems of global deforestation as part of their Save or Delete campaign. The image, which features some of the main characters from Disney’s 'The Jungle Book', was transposed onto a picture of a devastated forest, intended for use on posters, billboards and postcards. While it was printed, it was never put into circulation because of legal threats by Disney. The original was sold Bonhams auction house, whilst the majority of the prints were sent to be recycled. This is a rare opportunity to purchase an original, authentic print and collection of ephemera. Included in the sale is the all important set of 8 original stickers.

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.