Banksy, the most recognized street artist of this era, had been quiet since his whirlwind tour of New York City last fall. Well, he’s up to his old tricks again, and his website was recently updated with a new piece that’s painted on a quaint stone wall on Clement Street in Bristol, United Kingdom. It features two people in a close embrace but are distracted and checking their phones over the other’s shoulder.
Like other Banksy pieces, he used multiple spray-painted stencils to achieve the subtle details and glow of mobile devices. It results in a witty social commentary that our phones rule our lives, even in intimate moments like the one that’s depicted here. The incessant chirping and push notifications have made us partially removed from what’s in front of us, and Banksy may be reminding us that it would be beneficial to put away our cell phones every once in awhile.