Nade/Nace: Adapting Banksy Motifs in San Pedro del Pinatar

As I was driving to a lunch with friends during a visit to San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia) this past April, I came across this stencil work signed by “nade” or “nace.”

Calle Sancho Panza, San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, 14 April 2014.

The  stencils adapted a number of Banksy motifs:  the square cutout produced by a pair of scissors and a cut-here dotted line;  the Zorro figure holding up a roller echoing “Roller Zorro” (not confirmed by but attributed to Banksy); and a monkey wearing a placard picturing a pair of scissors adapting the “Keep it Real” monkey at Abbey Road.  Echoes: the sight of stenciled scissors in public space evokes the scissors used in demonstrations to protest increasing cuts in social services.  An unintended yet urgent reminder.

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