Banksy – “Fallen” Statue

By - December 20th, 2011

If anything, British artist Banksy is known for his mordant wit. On the heels of his “Cardinal Sin” sculpture at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, Banksy has unveiled a new work, “Fallen,” that depicts the fractured remains of a Roman soldier statue. Is it a statement about crumbling empires in the New World Order? A polemic against classical art forms? A general argument in favor of destroying the old to make way for the new? Meanwhile, the presence of a ridiculously mundane “Caution Wet Floor” sign suggests slapstick comedy over social commentary, though with the mercurial Banksy no one can know for sure.


I believe this image is about class warfare.  Hear me out...

The image is called "fallen", there's a fallen statue and a sign that warns of a wet floor with a graphic of a falling person.  So who is falling?  The roman symbolizes the rich and powerful.  Did it slip on the wet floor? No, statues don't slip.  it was pushed by someone.

The caution sign isn't warning about the clean-up of the statue.  As you can see, there's no water involved in this clean up.  The floor is dry.  The sign was placed next to the statue as a flimsy excuse for why the roman fell.  The association of such signs with poor janitors and the italicized and underlined word "SIR" in the sign's "CAUTION SIR WET FLOOR" to me indicates the janitor vs roman scene here is about class struggle.