Banksy “Origami Crane” in the UK
New street art appeared on the side of a stream in the UK that is speculated to be a new Banksy piece. This “Origami Crane” was photographed by Flickr account, the lonely villein. The crane is subtle and nondescript, causing the usual controversy that surrounds Banksy’s street art. Because the crane resembles a stork, many writers have alluded to the idea that there may be a Banksy Jr. on the way.
One commentor on the art blog Senses Lost named Heather explained the symbolism behind the piece:
“The Crane: The Crane is legendary in China for being the prince of all feathered creatures on earth…the Crane is the most favored of all Chinese bird symbols. The Crane is the ancient symbol for longevity because of its exceptionally long life span. In many legends, the spirits ride on cranes, which are also said to bear the souls of the departed to the heavens. The Goldfish: The gold fish brings good luck in the form of tranquility, wisdom, and long life. It is one among the eight sacred symbols of the Buddha where they represent fertility, abundance, and harmony with the flow of life. Ancient Greeks believed goldfish enhanced good luck in marriage and relationships. In ancient Egypt, goldfish were kept in the house as a lucky omen for the family and helped cheer up domestic situations.”
It is true that Banksy’s work tends to be highly symbolic, but it should also be taken with a grain of salt. He uses his art to comment on the ludicrousness of society but often does so in a humorous, self-deprecating way. For those who have followed his long and secretive career, the new piece might cause doubts, for it deviates from his usual style. Then again, Banksy is always full of surprises — why wouldn’t he experiment with origami?
Where there is a new Banksy work, there are questions that will remain unanswered by the faceless artist. The mystery that is Banksy continues.