Banksy Dodges Police Crackdown, Unveiling Two Pieces of Olympics-Themed Street Art

The U.K.’s street artists are currently proving very prolific despite a preemptive police crackdown ahead of the London Olympics, and now the country’s leading late-night stencil-sprayer has joined in — Banksy recently posted images of two new Olympics-themed murals he’s painted in London on his Web site.

The first (at top) features a javelin thrower launching a torpedo, a possible pun on Australian swimming sensation Ian Thorpe‘s nickname, “Thorpedo.” The figure’s pose is also strikingly similar to that of one of Banksy’s most famous pieces, the flower thrower.

In the second piece, above, a pole vaulter is suspended, mid-jump, as if attempting to leap over the mangled barbed wire fence alongside the wall. No doubt Banksy fan numero uno, Mr. Brainwash, is at this very moment rushing to add Olympics-themed art to his London solo debut, which opens July 31. [VeryNearlyAlmost]

— Benjamin Sutton