Steve Jobs' Is Painted Here To Inspire Refugees

Artist Banksy painted a protrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. But not just to remember his own legacy.

Steve Job’s father was a Syrian migrant. Without him having migrated to the Americas when he did, Apple, one of the country’s largest companies, would not be the same today.

Banksy wanted to make a point with his portrait, so he painted it on a wall in a refugee camp in Calais, France. He wanted to highlight the important contributions that refugees make to our society.

The picture shows Jobs carrying a retro Apple computer, and a black bag.

In a statement, Banksy said, “We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over 7 billion dollars per year in taxes alone.” He stated that the only reason it exists is because they one day let in a man from Homs. Homs, a city in western Syria that has now been torn up from its history of conflict.

The site Banksy chose for his painting was no mistake either. The refugee camp has been described as a humanitarian emergency by a report done there. It sends a strong message to society – are we potentially turning away the next Steve Jobs?

This isn’t the first time Banksy has used art as a way of demonstrating human rights issues. His Dismaland art exhibition drew in a lot of attention, a Disney-inspired theme park ‘un-fit for children’. After the art was taken down, he had the area turned into a refugee camp. It has since had 12 dwellings, a community area and a children’s park built in it.