Graffiti art on pedestrian detour sign at Stadium Drive and South Road

Graffiti art on pedestrian detour sign at Stadium Drive and South Road. Photo by Brittany Bass

If you take a glance at the back of a few Pedestrian Detour maps around UNC-Chapel Hill, you might notice Calvin & Hobbes or the face of a sun stenciled with spray paint.

Graffiti art on campus can be hard to spot, but it catches my eye every time I see a new piece. Although this graffiti was most likely done by a student on campus, I would like to imagine that infamous graffiti tagger Banksy has come to UNC.

From monkeys to mice to overzealous police officers to the Queen of England, Banksy has done it all. The British “art terrorist” whose work has become an underground masterpiece is the creator of some of the most unique graffiti artwork today. He uses stencils and works quickly under the cover of night, but by morning two police officers wearing banana suits will have appeared on the face of a brick building. There is some mystery surrounding the actual identity of the artist, who simply goes by Bansky.

Maybe one day I will be lucky enough to see one of Bansky’s creations in Chapel Hill, but for now I’ll just admire the graffiti we have on campus.

-Brittany Bass