A dystopian art hotel with “one of the worst views in the world.”

Banksy is back with an ambitious new project. The Walled Off Hotel is an art hotel and gallery located in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem and operated by the local community. It features a piano bar and other installations including a wall display of weaponry and CCTV cameras.

The piano bar will host concerts every night that were recorded specifically for the hotel’s mechanical piano. Massive Attack’s 3D – who is probably not Banksy, even though The Daily Mail would like you to think so – is the hotel’s first artist in residence and his recital will feature the songs of Massive Attack performed “with three hands.”

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Hans Zimmer and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea are also set to give pre-recorded concerts, with Elton John having christened the hotel at an opening party with a remote performance – see that below, along with images of the hotel’s interior.

Banksy has built the nine-room guest house with a view of the Apartheid Wall – the controversial wall that separates Israel from Palestine. He has previously created art in the Palestinian territories, including along the Wall itself. You can stay in the hotel for £30 a night, with reservations beginning March 11.

The colonial-esque hotel was created to mark the centennial of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which saw the UK declare its support for Palestine as “a national home for the Jewish people.” The aim is “to tell the story of the wall from every side and give visitors the opportunity to discover it for themselves.”



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