Banksy's latest creation imagines Steve Jobs as Syrian refugee

Banksy Latest Artwork Reminds Us That Steve Jobs' Father Was Syrian
Banksy Latest Artwork Reminds Us That Steve Jobs' Father Was Syrian

Anonymous British street artist Banksy has made a statement about the Syrian refugee crisis through a new body of art. The artist has placed immigration-themed murals in public spaces around a refugee camp near Calais, France.

The most noted piece features Apple's co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs depicted as a Syrian refugee. Job's biological father immigrated to the United States from Syria. The piece is titled "the son of a migrant from Syria" and can be viewed on Banksy's website.

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"We're often led to believe migration is a drain on the country's resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world's most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion a year in taxes — and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs," Banksy said in statement provided by a spokeswoman to the New York Times.

The other three pieces share a similar theme to "the son of a migrant from Syria." One painting shows a child with a telescope that has a vulture on top of it. The artist wrote "maybe this whole situation will just sort itself out" on a wall in the refugee camp. In the city of Calais he recreated Théodore Géricault's painting "The Raft of the Medusa," showing immigrants on a raft reaching out to a passing ship.

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