It wasn’t a huge surprise to see Anne Frank pop up when I was in Amsterdam (above), but I never expected to see her in the urban landscape of Austin (below)! Fascinating how graphics make their way around the world.
Ah, very interesting. Perhaps it’s part of a global movement to raise awareness about history.. and the goal to prevent repeating past mistakes.
Well said, Suz :)
I’m not certain if you and Suz are missing or glossing over the symbolism of the images you’ve captured.
Apparently “Banned Frank” caused quite a stir when they first appeared in Amsterdam and were subsequently selected as artwork on free postcards: Article 1, Article 2
And here the link to the artist himself (which you can read in the Austin photo).
If you like that message, it appears you can get it printed on a tee-shirt. I’d just be ready for all the angry comments you’re bound to get any time you wear it.
Fascinating, Poet. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve always been drawn to street art, but too often forget that it also often has a powerful message – which I can appreciate, but not always agree with (maybe in this case I just have a soft spot for Anne Frank and see her first and foremost rather putting the two aspects of the graphic together). Very interesting to read about both sides!
Also, isn’t this some sort of weird political statement — ie. isn’t the scarf around her neck what those Palestinian militants wear? (on their heads, not around the neck)