Occupy London Placards Enter Museum of London Collection
Prime Minister David Cameron smiles and raises his middle finger on a protest placard that just entered the Museum of London’s collections.
The wooden panel, spray-painted in the style of the street artist Banksy, portrays the U.K. head of government with a red percentage sign on his tie, suggesting that he represents the wealthiest 1 percent of the planet’s population.
The placard was put on public display by Occupy London demonstrators, who, inspired by New York’s Occupy Wall Street rally, camped outside St. Paul’s Cathedral from October 2011 until their police-led eviction on Feb. 28. The Museum of London is compiling select items from the protest.
“The museum tries to document all major events in London history,” says Jim Gledhill, curator of social and working history at the museum, which is near St. Paul’s. “This was such a major event, and it was going on 10 minutes down the road.”