Date
21 September 2017
A giant replica of a computer error window attributed to graffiti artist Banksy is displayed on a wall in Admiralty. Photo: Twitter
A giant replica of a computer error window attributed to graffiti artist Banksy is displayed on a wall in Admiralty. Photo: Twitter

Graffiti king gives final salute to street protest

Banksy has struck again — or so it seems.

The notorious Hong Kong graffiti artist and political activist set social media abuzz with his latest social commentary under the Twitter handle #Banksy.

Banksy posted an image showing a computer system error window with the warning “you don’t have permission to vote”.

The post quickly went viral, inspiring Facebook likes and shares, according to Apple Daily.

The graffiti is set against a backdrop in Drake Street in Admiralty, the main base of the pro-democracy street protests, and was posted hours before a court-ordered police clearance Thursday morning.  

The artwork features two buttons on a message window, one saying “try again”, the other “cancel”.

In fact, the graffiti was not created by Banksy.

Someone apparently nailed his style but it’s not clear how the person could have “hijacked” his Twitter account.

A monster printout of the graffiti now hangs on a wall in Drake Street, attracting passers-by and inspiring selfies.

Netizens apparently don’t mind that it’s a Banksy fake.

They’re calling it creative, even brilliant.

One netizen said the “try again” option is a clever way to say there’s really no choice.

And a certain Chi Ming Lau joked that the government could remove the error message but not the problem.

Banksy is a mysterious character, remaining largely anonymous even as he actively engages the public through his social commentary.

When not splashing walls and fences with his art, he usually relays messages through an intermediary.

But the person does exist.

He frequently donates his work to small organizations and cash-strapped individuals to help them raise money.

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