Banksy's latest adventure in street art has taken him to the Gaza Strip where he has created three new works amid the rubble, in what must be his most poignant statement to date - and likely the most challenging to pull off. The elusive graffiti artist is used to employing clandestine movements to complete his work undetected. But for this project, the only way to reach his warn-torn destination was to navigate a network of illegal tunnels into and out of Gaza, to reach the Strip, spray cans in hand. Accompanying the documenting photos Banksy posted on his website is a video, a mock tourism promo for visiting the war-torn area. (Email subscribers will need to click the post title to view the video on the blog.)
As for why he painted a mural of a kitten wearing a pink bow, appearing to play with a ball of twisted metal resting against the wall, Banksy writes: "A local man came up and said 'Please - what does this mean?' I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website - but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens."
In the video, a man says: "This cat is telling the whole world that she is missing joy in her life. The cat found something to play with. What about our children?"
Banksy turns the image of the ominous Israeli guard tower into an amusement park ride: