Over the years Banksy has tried to maintain his anonymity. He has argued that he needs to hide his real identity because of the illegal nature of graffiti — that he “has issues with the cops,” that authenticating a street piece could be like “a signed confession.” But as obscurity has given way to fame and his works have become coveted — and costly — collectors’ pieces, critics have increasingly pointed out that Banksy has used anonymity as a marketing device, as another tool in his arsenal of publicity high jinks to burnish his own mystique.
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra is currently finishing his tribute to
the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who passed away last december at
the age of 104. The new mural is 52 meters tall, 16 meters wide and it
covers the entire side of a skyscraper on Paulista Avenue, one of Sao
Paulo’s busiest streets.
The work started on January 14th and since then, Kobra and four other
artists from his team have been working on the painting around 6 hours a
day to finish all the details.
The artwork was inspired by Niemeyer’s architecture and among the colorful
forms the viewer will find that some of them were based on Niemeyer’s works.
The credits of the pictures shall be given to the brazilian photographer
In 1967, the year of the Summer of Love, the magazine observed the phrase “Please practice empathy” scribbled on a building on East Forty-fourth Street, while a similar sentiment, “Peace is a cool scene,” was noticed on a subway-station wall in Flushing