Banksy’s Echoes in Eternity


Banksy graffiti in Woodside, Queens, painted on October 14, 2013

Graffiti artist Banksy painted this drawing in Woodside in Queens during his month long self titled New York residency, where he produced 30 pieces of art in the span of a month. This particular piece was interesting for me, as it was done during my birthday, on October 14, 2013

The drawing’s quote, “What we do in life echoes in eternity,” references the 2000 Ridley Scott film Gladiator. The details of the artwork are humorous because it showcases how graffiti art, by definition, is meant to be ephemeral, and is hence a self-reflection of how Bristol born artist Banksy’s own work, becomes subject to cleaning up, as he is essentially defacing the surfaces he works with, ensuring that his work is never truly meant to be kept around forever.


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