Sweep It Under The Carpet
Location: Chalk Farm Road, London, England
Sweep it Under the Carpet appeared on a wall on Chalk Farm Road, North London in 2006. It portrays a woman dressed as a maid who is sweeping dirt under the cover of a brick wall. The work is said to represent the reluctance of the Western world to deal with global issues such as poverty, or other issues dear to Banksy.
The same artistic concept was also illustrated at Barely Legal, Banksy‘s exhibition in Los Angeles, where he showed a painted Elephant to illustrate what is considered as an “Elephant in the Room”.
An Elephant in the Room, Barely Legal, Los Angeles, 2006
“There’s an elephant in the room. There’s a problem we never talk about.”
The statement went on to say there were billions of people living below the poverty line. With this piece Banksy upholds his unique delivery of messages through his artwork. He once again tackled a critical, and often ignored, issue that plagues the world today – forcing his diverse population of fans to question and/or challenge the status quo.
The same visual was used by Banksy over a Damien Hirst spot painting in 2007. Keep It Spotless sold at auction at Sotheby’s New-York on 14 February 2008 for a record USD 1.9 million.
Keep It Spotless (Defaced Hirst), 2007
Household gloss and spray-paint on canvas
214×305 cm (84 1/4 x 120 1/8 inches)