The mysterious Banksy, who started as an anonymous graffiti artist full of biting social satire and who is still anonymous, but assumed to be very wealthy following his international success, has recently left his mark on a refugee camp in Calais.
His artwork, added to a wall in Calais, depicts the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple who himself was the son of a Syrian migrant – although he was adopted when his father was forbidden to marry his mother – carrying a bin bag and an early apple computer.
In an out-of-character public observation, Banksy said “We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant.
“Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion (€6.3 billion) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
Banksy has also donated wood and structures from his “bemusement park” installation Dismaland to the Calais camp to help build shelters.