Banksy's latest political art project is a real hotel overlooking the barrier in the West Bank
Banksy is back with his latest interactive art installation, and it's sure to ruffle a few feathers.
The anonymous artist has teamed up with local operators to create a working nine-room hotel overlooking the border wall that separates the city of Bethlehem. It's called the Walled Off Hotel, and it's full to the brim with the politically charged artwork Banksy is known for.
Though Banksy usually leaves it to his viewers to interpret his pieces, this time he ensured onlookers would get the message.
"If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful — we don't remain neutral," he spray painted on the wall.
The wall was built by Israel in the early 2000s to stop Palestinian suicide bombers. In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled the wall was built illegally, according to the Telegraph.
The hotel will begin accepting reservations this month for both its luxury rooms and dormitory-style rooms. A bed bunk in a dorm runs $30 a night.
The hotel is situated on the Palestinian side of the West Bank in Bethlehem. Its proximity to the barrier wall is such that guests and visitors never forget that fact. According to owner Wisam Salsaa, it's the "hotel with the worst view in the world."
A monkey dressed as a porter is the first artwork to greet guests. The interior was designed to look like a 20th-century British colonial hotel. Political artworks is hung everywhere, some of it quite heavy-handed.
The hotel employs 45 people from the surrounding area. It's hoping to capitalize on people already visiting the area to look at Banksy's other artworks in the region, Salsaa told the Telegraph.
The location means Israelis are also able to visit. Even the clocks are art installations.There are 10 rooms in the hotel and each has its own theme and Banksy artwork. Some of the rooms are quite large, like the Presidential Suite, which has a bar and a jacuzzi.
But no matter the luxurious interior, the guests in the three-story structure can never forget where they are.
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