I cannot say how grateful MDC is to the artist known as Banksy.
It was the Beatles who by their songbook salvaged what the assassination of JFK tried to destroy fifty years ago. We were a generation that felt the hope John Kennedy and his wife Jackie confidently spoke of and displayed. We were the youth in a country ready to embrace the future empowered and inspired. Instead we were treated to fifty years of war, deception, lies, and cover-ups assuming it was in the best interest of the People of the United States to not know the truth. The music got us through it was the only truth we could chew on.
Now all these pain filled years later we have reach the point of the promise that after fifty years the true facts surrounding the JFK assassination would be opened to the public. That anticipation is possibly a way of closure to all who suffered the divisions of the Viet Nam War until now.
And along comes Banksy gracing our streets of New York with the most refreshing perspective of what art is all about. Banksy shocks and illuminates, lends whit and whimsy to the stark aftermath of a city coping with permanent 9/11 blues.
And on the way he juxtaposes truth with corporate illusion. The Ronald McDonald sculpture with the extra large feet and a living model posing as he brings the red shoes to a high polished shine makes the ultimate corporate truth. Having this monumental statement move to different locations each day near a McDonald’s restaurant outlet displaying the piece for an hour at lunch time while knowing the authorities are after the artist known as Banksy makes this piece compelling and aloof.
The twin tower graffiti piece along a flat building surface showed such impeccable taste over the most distasteful of New York subjects, and placing a red flower where the plane struck the north tower as if it were exploding says more than all the words and pain written over the horror of that day.
Finally New York the city still holding the grief of 9/11 has someone penetrating the pain and allowing it to lift like the Beatles fifty years ago with the song “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.
Thank You Banksy, please return often, and the next time you come here maybe our militarized police and Mayor will have been a long ago memory like the heartache of that September day when we were violated by our own government and the terrorists who easily made the center of the world stop and give a crazy uninformed Texan powers of destruction we will be paying out financially, spiritually, and morally, forever.