Banksy makes light of stark social differences in the shadow of Canary Wharf with new artwork

pic: Aaron Lee

Enigmatic street artist Banksy has put lifestyle differences in plain sight with a new work found on route to Canary Wharf.

The sign, painted on a disused block of convenience stores in Poplar, reads: “Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock”.

Backed by a view of the capital’s financial district, some believe the artist is commenting on today’s socio-economic differences.

However, this piece was part of several new works by the artist that appeared early this month, including a girl clinging to a failing shopping trolley in Chelsea. Others, such as the Londonist, see them as a satirical attack on consumer culture.

Banksy, whose true identity still remains unknown, was allegedly caught in the act at Bethnal Green in 2007. Since then, Tower Hamlets Council have treated his works as vandalism and swiftly removed them.

Is the controversial artist making a well-timed swipe at bankers, is it an anti-consumerist message or something else entirely?

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