"Follow your Dreams [Cancelled]"
"Art is to console those who are broken by life"
Who is Banksy?
Banksy is an anonymous English Street artist and left-leaning political activist. His real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of much speculation. His works have appeared on streets, walls and bridges all over the world. Banksy grew up in Bristol and later moved to London in 2000. He began as an artist at the age of 14. He was expelled from school and served time in prison for petty crimes.
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This street art was one of the first times the artist completed work in the United States. It was done in Chinatown in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2010. The artwork depicts a man holding a brush and a bucket and standing by a hand-painted sign: “Follow your Dreams”. This slogan has a red stamp on it over it reading “Cancelled”.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the American dream as “the ideal that every citizen of the United States should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.”
It is therefore interesting that Banksy’s art appeared in the low-income immigrant field area of Boston. Indeed, a typical man living in this area - where the artwork is seen - would be very unlikely to achieve the ideals of this so-called “American dream”.