Banksy Organizes 'Cans Festival' in London
Bansky is the artist who just keeps on giving. You've got to love this guy.
And I love that The Cans Festival is set up to be, essentially, an anti-Cannes, stencil-only, street art festival that is collaborative, free, and open to anyone to participate.
The festival takes place in London this Bank Holiday weekend from May 3-5, 2008.
If you're in London, please post your photos of the festival to this story — or let us know about the art you've contributed to it.
LONDON - The graffiti impresario Banksy and a host of airbrush-wielding guerrilla artists blanketed the walls of a disused south London tunnel with offbeat murals as part of a three-day stencil-art street party that opens this weekend.
The subversive British tagger turned art-house sensation marshaled more than three dozen international artists for what he is calling the "Cans Festival" - and is encouraging visitors to contribute their own graffiti starting Saturday.
"I'm hoping we can transform a dark forgotten filth pit into an oasis of beautiful art - in a dark forgotten filth pit," Banksy was quoted as saying in the Times of London, which carried a preview of the exhibition Friday.
Jo Brooks, a spokeswoman for the festival, said Cans - a play on the famous French film extravaganza in Cannes - features at least one work from 40 international artists and collectives which sport names such as Bandit, Schhh, Pure Evil, and Orticancvoodles.
Among Banksy's pieces are security cameras growing from a tree, a hooded figure cutting itself with a knife, and a worker spraying over ancient cave drawings, Brooks said.