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Banksy Plays Monopoly with Occupy London

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 27, 2011 at 4:30AM

The Occupy London movement has a new centerpiece at St. Paul's Cathedral, courtesy of (we think) Banksy. This serves as the street artist's stamp of approval for the cause (which is planned to last for six months, costing the closed cathedral £16,000 per day in lost tourism revenue).
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The Occupy London movement has a new centerpiece at St. Paul's Cathedral, courtesy of (we think) Banksy. This serves as the street artist's stamp of approval for the cause (which is planned to last for six months, costing the closed cathedral £16,000 per day in lost tourism revenue).

It is no surprise that Banksy, whose work (including Oscar-nominated doc Exit Through the Gift Shop) usually makes a strong satirical political or societal statement (the Oscars and News of the World have gotten the Banksy treatment), is now weighing in on this international anti-greed and anti-corruption movement. The 3-D installation is a Monopoly board with an impoverished Mr. Money Bags, a sports car and a red house with "TOX" written on it. Ironically, it has been valued at £400,000. Here's more.

[Artlyst via LAT]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.