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New Banksy mural in Calais depicts Apple's Steve Jobs as Syrian refugee


Joe Jones

Banksy, the legendary graffiti and street artist, recently paid a visit to the “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, where he drew four new pieces of artwork. 

Of particular note is a piece depicting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in his signature black polo neck, holding an early Apple computer in one hand while slinging a black sack over his shoulder.

The American tech company founder, who died in 2011, was the son of a Syrian migrant.

"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," said the artist, whose works include murals created to mark the London 2012 Olympics.

"Apple is the world's most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion (£4.6 billion) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs," he added.

Since closing his Dismaland "bemusement park" in September, the artist has sent wood and fixtures from the park's dismantled castle to the Jungle refugee camp, which reportedly houses around 7,000 refugees.

The Dismaland website now features an image of the Cinderella castle with a hot air balloon flying over it, above the heading Dismal Aid.

Below a statement reads: "Creating housing from surplus materials and leftover workers.

"When Dismaland closed its doors it was decided that instead of chucking all the leftover crew in the bin they should be recycled into aid workers.

"They've since travelled to the Calais migrant camp and so far have completed 12 dwellings, a community area and a children's play park."

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