Banksy Finances Refugee Rescue Boat

Banksy’s latest piece/project can be found onboard The M.V. Louise Michel, a rescue boat he funded that operates in the Mediterranean Sea and answers emergency calls from “non-Europeans” seeking refuge in Europe from war, persecution, and authoritarian governments.

According to the Guardian, the project came about when Banksy reached out to experienced activist and experienced rescue boat captain Pia Klemp via email:

Hello Pia, I’ve read about your story in the papers. You sound like a badass,” he wrote. “I am an artist from the UK and I’ve made some work about the migrant crisis, obviously I can’t keep the money. Could you use it to buy a new boat or something? Please let me know. Well done. Banksy.

(via Kotke)

 

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