The Fourth Book – “Wall and piece”. 2005.

The first edition of “Wall and Piece” was published in 2005. The book summarises the previous three “black books”, but it also has a lot of new material. Wall and Piece became a major bestseller and a “must-have” for an initiated Banksy follower.

Street Art UK. 2005

Apart from the works in Palestine in August 2005, Banksy concentrates on London this year 2005. An interesting development in this period is the street sculptures, or installations, in the London urban landscape.

Photos: Wall and piece – Banksy

Crude Oils. London, 22 – 24 October 2005

Crude Oils opened on 22 October 2005 at 100 Westbourne Grove in London and was Banksy’s third major exhibition after Severnshed and Turf War in 2003. It featured 20 versions of classical oil paintings: Van Gogh, Hopper, Warhol, Turner and Monet. Also present were 200 live rats and some interesting sculptures.

The segregation wall. Palestine, August 2005.

In August 2005, Team Banksy visited Palestine, where they painted nine large murals on the segregation wall. Banksy commented that the wall “essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison.” Banksy’s website reminded readers that Israel’s 425-mile-long West Bank barrier, separating Israel from the Palestinian territories, is considered illegal by the United Nations. During the visit to Ramallah and surrounding areas, Banksy reported some tense moments. His spokeswoman Jo Brooks said: “The Israeli security forces did shoot in the air threateningly, and there were quite a few guns pointed at him.”

Photos: Wall and piece – Banksy