Migrant Child, the famous mural in Venice, becomes an immersive experience thanks to Digital Street Art that transforms it into Ghost over Banksy

Migrant Child, the famous mural in Venice, becomes an immersive experience thanks to Digital Street Art that transforms it into Ghost over Banksy. The mural by the famous and mysterious British street artist Banksy is transformed into Digital Street Art thanks to a fantastic project realised in Venice by the collective Pepper's Ghost. At 18.00 (Italian time) on 9 March 2022, the work will be presented to the public on the collective's social channels in partnership with one of the world's best-known art pages, The Pink Lemonade. You can follow it on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, YouTube and Vimeo.

But what does this transformation consist of? Let's find out together!

Graffiti has been used to start revolutions, stop wars, and generally is the voice of people who aren't listened to.

Banksy

Venice Migrant Child

In these dark times, when wars, epidemics and poverty force people to migrate, the famous street artist Banksy wants to focus the world's attention on the dramatic situation of children. Migrant Child was created during the 2019 Venice Biennale on Dorsoduro Island and was immediately claimed by Banksy, who posted two photos of the mural on his official social channels. The artwork depicts a child wearing a life jacket and holding a pink signal flare, a symbol of migrants and refugees.

This is not Banksy's first work dealing with the theme of migration. One of his most successful works was the mural depicting Steve Jobs in a migrant camp. The Apple founder was the son of Syrian migrants and the world would not be the same today if his father had not been admitted to the United States.

Banksy's artworks on the problem of migration are not images of denunciation as an end in themselves but a real call to action, a loud demand for intervention to protect human rights, especially those of children.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution

P. Gauguin

The Ghost Over Banksy project

Art has been constantly evolving since the dawn of time: this is because artistic manifestations are the mirror of the times. Today, art interacts with technological languages that aim to make immersion in artwork increasingly tangible.

The transformation of Banksy's artwork from a simple mural into Digital Street Art was the work of a collective called Pepper's Ghost, made up of graphic designers, artists and designers led by Art Director Anderson Tegon.

Ghost Over Banksy is the first experiment in Digital Street Art that will be presented to the public through the collective's social channels. Migrant Child will be animated thanks to the use of a PH3501QL laser projector with 35,000 ANSI lumens provided by Sharp NEC. The result of the combination of art and technology will be Ghost Over Banksy, a fully immersive work of art that will bring the scene to life in a mix of lights, colours and a touch of magic.

The world is an illusion, but it is an illusion that we must take seriously, because it is as real as it goes, and in those aspects of reality which we are capable of apprehending. Our business is to wake up.

A.Huxley

Digital Street Art, Metaverse and NFT

Milan Arch of Peace Metaverse

Digital Street Art is an artistic evolution that interacts with existing works of art. All art can be digitised, any artefact, anywhere: everything can be made immersive without being affected or ruined in any way. The result is to amplify the perception of a work of art in the viewer's imagination without affecting the intrinsic value of the work.

Ghost Over Banksy will create the first NFT (non-fungible token) of Digital Street Art.

In the Metaverse, it will be possible to purchase art objects with virtual currency and unlock exclusive content by purchasing NFT, i.e. certified and non-duplicable artworks.

Ghost Over Banksy's NFT will be authenticated and published on blockchain and part of the proceeds will be donated to Emergency.

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