Hanksy Gets Real with Series of Memorial Day Pieces [PHOTOS]

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 at 9:32 am by
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In a departure from the usual, prolific street artist Hanksy held the pun and got real with a series of four wheat-paste posters this holiday weekend. All were glued around the Lower East Side.

The overall theme with these is essentially about how Memorial Day has become about barbecues, vacations, fashions, and the unofficial start of summer, rather than its initial intention. To commemorate those who fell so that people could enjoy the latter.

Memorial Day is always the final Monday in May each year, a holiday that began after the Civil War. Formerly known as “Decoration Day,” it was originally organized to commemorate the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. The current Memorial Day moniker became an unofficial designation for the occasion, but wasn’t actually adopted by Federal law until 1967.

All photos courtesy Hanksy.

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