Published Mar 08, 2017Banksy's latest project finds the ever-elusive artist setting up shop in Bethlehem, where he's opened the Walled Off Hotel — an art-centric hotel and gallery that boasts customized guest rooms and "the worst view in the world."
Adding to the whole hotel experience is a colonial-themed piano bar, which will be open to guests and the public alike. It's been outfitted with a player piano, but it won't be playing your standard automated tunes.
A series of high-profile musicians have contributed original scores that will be unveiled during a pre-recorded concert every evening. First up is Massive Attack's 3D — who some conspiracy theorists believe could actually be Banksy himself. Upcoming sets from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Hans Zimmer and Flea have also been confirmed.
Elton John has already delivered a remote set in honour of the piano bar's opening party, and you can check out footage from that performance below.
The Walled Off Hotel will begin taking reservations on March 11 and is expected to remain open for the entire year to mark Palestine's centenary. In the words of Banksy's official website, "2017 marks a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict."
The site also states that the project was entirely funded by Banksy's own finances and is "not aligned to any political movement or pressure group."