Some of you will know that I queued up to see Banksy in the Bristol Museum for 45 minutes at the beginning of the summer. At the time I thought I was completely mad standing in a queue for that length of time. My first post about Banksy is here. You can see the different art that I photographed on that visit.
However by mid summer my daughter and grandsons were staying with me and I was asked if I would like to go again with them. By now, word had got round that the exhibition was outstanding and people were flocking to see it from all over Britain.
This visit we waited three hours to get in. The grandson's were very good and occupied themselves playing *I Spy* and watching the queue snake gently up and down the surrounding roads. I was astounded that they waited all that time and that they really enjoyed the visit to the museum once we all got in.
For those of you who wonder who this guy is you can go here and look this mysterious grafitti artist up.
Banksy does make a statement about life. Political things in particular and makes us aware of the suffering in the world and the pollution and mess that mankind has made.
We were not allowed to use flash so these pictures are not the best quality.
I like the way that he gets things to come out of the picture like the photos above. He is always out to shock people.
My son had taken the granddaughters to Japan for a whole month over the summer holiday and he was really looking forward to going to the Banksy exhibition when he came back. He reckoned there would be still one week left to see his work before the museum went back to normal and he thought the girls would like to see it.
However by then, the queues had jumped to a six hour wait to get in and people were not only coming from different parts of Britain but from countries overseas as well. Sam decided that it was too long to wait and he will have to make do with my photos!
So who IS this man Banksy? No one seems to know. He is very elusive and only a handful of people know him and they are all sworn to secrecy. No one knows how old he is or what he looks like. However he has made a big statement over here and I guess people either love him or hate him. No one seems to be undecided.