The Largest Canvas in the world
In 2005, with the wall still under construction, nine large stencil murals appeared on the West Bank Wall and “Banksy” became an internationally acclaimed political artist. Since then the wall has become an outdoor art gallery and a symbol of disconnection and oppressive politics.
Whether you believe that it is for security against terrorism, or meant to support racial segregation or apartheid, this is definitely a Wall, a 700km long 26 ft high wall.
In its current route the wall is annexing 9.5% of the total area of the West Bank to the Israeli side of the wall, but the wall may never be completed due to pressure from settlements seeking continued growth.
While the wall limits freedom of movement for Palestinians, dividing communities and often enclosing them in areas which have no access to the outside world without Israeli permission, the wall also isolates Israelis from Palestinians and dehumanizes those on the other side . The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome.
“For here on either side of the wall are God’s children and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact.”
Martin Luther King, Berlin, 1964