Flying Balloons Girl by Banksy. Street art. Printed on top quality canvas and stretched on 0.75 pine wood bars. Ships ready to hang.
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Flying Balloons Girl, painted on a wall on the West Bank in Israel, is a poignant yet subtle piece. The image hearkens back to one‰۪s childhood idealism, the dreams of a child who wishes he could fly and float away as if lighter than air. The combination of this suggestion becomes all the more salient when the location of the art piece is taken into account. These two facets of the print are inseparable.
The use of a female child ‰ a representation of innocence and vulnerability‰ perhaps is significant as well. The plight of the Palestinian appears in the art piece, the desire for freedom, the yearning to be able to float over the West Bank‰۪s walls. Children on both sides of the wall share this dream, Palestinian and Israeli alike.
The artist‰۪s choice of the number of balloons is no accident either. The religious significance of the number 7 cannot be understated when considering the plight of the Palestinians. The number 7 appears prominently in Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures, particularly the apocalyptic texts. The ascension of the elect also appears in this art piece subtly.
Despite not calling himself an artist, Banksy has been considered by some as talented in that respect; he uses his original street art form, combined with Banksy stencil style. Due to the shroud of secrecy surrounding his real identity and his subversive character, Banksy has achieved somewhat of a cult following with his street art from some of the younger age group within the stenciling community. Tagging walls and billboards in the dark of night, sneaking around with a secret identity in urban areas. Leaving his political mark on the world for all to enjoy for free.
The infamous UK guerrilla artist, Banksy, is hitting the streets hard in London, Bristol, Australia, the USA, and just about everywhere in between. It‰۪s not only the curiosity of his identity that makes the artist famous, it‰۪s his impeccable political pieces and artwork that stir up discussions on the underlying themes. By calling attention to the issues depicted in his pieces, Banksy‰۪s controversial work requires people to think deeply about the issues he‰۪s attempting to bring to light.