Sunday, October 20, 2013
Banksy is Hermes Dressed Up as Ronald McDonald
This is a self portrait of Banksy. Kind of.
Many people are speculating that the hidden face them that has been showing up repeatedly during Banksy's New York art show Better Out Than In, is that of Hermes. The mystery image was hidden in the Concrete Confessional. And it showed up again at the Canvas Sale. Furthermore, some folks are saying that the Ronald McDonald statue is also Hermes. If so, is Banksy is our modern day Hermes?
Not to get too technical in Greek Mythology, but according to Wikipedia, the description seems to fit Banksy. After all, Hermes is describes as 'a god of transitions and boundaries. He is quick and cunning, and moved freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine. He is protector and patron of travelers, herdsmen, thieves, orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, invention and trade (***And, for Banksy, Vandals***). Hermes is a trickster, and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or the sake of humankind.
Hmmm. Sounds a lot like Banksy. So, if this image of Ronald McDonald is really Hermes, is this another Banksy self-portrait? Just peeling another level back from Banksy's art onion. . .
Click the jump to view more of Banksy's Ronald making the rounds in New York.