'Tower Crib' by Banksy (after), 2017
Rare art sculpture from the "Banksy Shop" to celebrate the artist's 'The Alternativity' play at The Walled Off Hotel.
The Banksy Shop is located next door to the hotel, not officially associated with the artist.
5.9 x 5.3 x 4 Inches
15 x 13.5 x 10.2 Centimeters
Hand-made 'Alternativity' sculpture in Olive wood with sliding door.
Limited Edition (Sold Out).
Ships in original plain box.
ABOUT THE ART
The Walled Off Hotel is a boutique hotel, located in Bethlehem, designed by Banksy alongside other creatives and notable academic Dr. David Grindon. Established in March 2017, and initially set out to be a temporary exhibition, the hotel has since attracted nearly 140,000 visitors, thanks in part to its location opposite the portion of the Israeli West Bank Barrier separating Bethlehem from the holy site of Rachel’s Tomb. The hotel is considered to be a key piece of social commentary on the Palestinians affected by the Israeli-Palestine Conflict and billed as having “the worst view of any hotel in the world”.
The Walled Off Hotel is features more than 20 new Banksy originals. As always the case with the artist, it mixes art, politics, and tourism in a very effective way. On the ground floor, a museum commemorates “a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict.” On the upper level, another exhibition hall exhibits local Palestinian artists, among them Suleyman Mansour. All rooms are decorated with original artworks by Banksy and local Palestinian artists.
“It is equipped with languid ceiling fans, leather bound couches and an air of undeserved authority. Guests can peruse a collection of Banksy artworks that include vandalized oil paintings and statues choking on tear gas fumes. Warm scones and freshly brewed tea are served daily on fine bone china and the Walled Off Salad should not be missed.”
On 17 September 2017, Banksy announced the opening of the Gift Shop at the Walled-Off Hotel, on Instagram, with two items: Hand-painted mini souvenir Separation Wall and Grappling Hook. “Opened a gift shop today – situated at the back of the Walled Off Hotel. Not to be confused with the “Banksy Shop” next door which has nothing to do with me at all. Hand painted mini souvenir separation walls now available.”
The Alternativity is an alternative Christmas play by UK director Danny Boyle and performer Riham Isaac. It was premiered on 3 December at the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem. A documentary about the performance has been screened on BBC 2 on Sunday 17 December at 9 PM. It follows Danny Boyle overcoming the “many restrictions” to find a cast, crew and local children, and put together the show in six weeks.
The performance took place on 3 December and was co-directed by Bethlehem-based Riham Isaac. Another video shows local children singing in Arabic while rehearsing. Banksy created a promotional image for the documentary showing a drone watching over the nativity scene.