Location: Old Street, London, England
Pulp Fiction depicts a famous scene from the iconic Quentin Tarantino‘s movie.
It appeared in 2002 as a large stenciled mural in London, near Old Street tube station.
It was visible until 2007, until Transport for London painted over the wall, on the grounds that the work lent an atmosphere of social decay and neglect in the capital, despite the well-known drawing art fans and tourists to the area…
The iconic image used by Banksy featured the actors John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in the starring roles from the film, with their guns pointed at a figure offscreen. But, in Banksy‘s version, guns are replaced with bananas. A humorous twist used to make a strong statement against violence and guns.
When the mural was covered, a local artist sprayed-painted the words “Come Back” in its place, addressed to Banksy. Banksy then re-tagged Pulp Fiction in exactly the same place, but this time the characters were holding real pistols and wearing banana costumes instead.