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Is In The Air (Flower Thrower)

Banksy's Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) prints feature a powerful anti-war image, poignantly debuted as a mural on the West Bank Wall. The man in the balaclava, seemingly about to throw a bomb, instead holds a bunch of flowers in a symbolic appeal for peace to replace violence.

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Meaning & Analysis

Love Is In The Air or Flower Thrower is one of the most popular Banksy prints of all time. It was originally created in response to the construction of the West Bank Wall separating Israel from Palestine, which began in 2002. Famously, the large-scale motif was stencilled directly onto the 760km wall shortly after its first extension in 2003.

The Wall, as Banksy put it, “essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison.” Following its construction, it rapidly became a giant canvas for paintings and writings protesting the actions of the Israeli government.

Banksy returned to the region in 2005 to paint a series of nine provocative works supporting freedom and equality. In 2015 he intervened again, painting four new pieces among the ruins of a bombed city with the intention of highlighting the plight of the people living in the Gaza Strip. In 2017, he opened the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, which boasts the ‘worst view in the world’.

Rendered in Banksy’s characteristic style, Love Is In The Air depicts a young man, dressed as a militant, wearing a baseball cap and a bandana, which masks the lower half of his face. He appears to be in the middle of throwing a grenade or molotov cocktail. However, in an inevitable Banksy twist, he is in fact throwing a bunch of flowers. Despite the overt anger and aggression in his posture, the figure prepares to launch a universal symbol of love and peace - as opposed to a weapon.

10 Facts About Banksy’s Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower)

Love Is In The Air (flower thrower) by Banksy - MyArtBroker

Love Is In The Air (flower thrower) © Banksy 2003

1. Love Is In The Air is one of Banksy’s most iconic artworks

Love Is In The Air, also known as LIITA, Flower Thrower and Rage, Flower Thrower, rose to fame as the cover image of Banksy’s 2005 book, Wall And Piece. The artwork depicts a man dressed in black, wearing a backwards baseball cap and a bandana across his face, poised to throw an item. From the way he is dressed, the viewer first presumes he is about to throw a brick or a petrol bomb. The bundle in his hand, however, is a bouquet of flowers.

The iconic status of this work has been proved time and time again as it is chosen to champion all that is subversive in Banksy's art. Most recently, it was selected as the artwork to lead new NFT company, Particle's venture into generating a new and more egalatarian form of shared ownership in the art world. It has emerged that it was Particle who bought Love Is In The Air, for the record-shattering sum of 12.9 million at that memorable sale at Sotheby's in 2021—with the ultimate intention of splitting it into a large number of NFTs, which was sold to buyers eager to claim shared ownership of the famous painting. The original Banksy painting will be toured by Particle's charitable foundation, likely staying in public view and appreciated for its iconic status for many generations to come.

Love Is In The Air (flower thrower) by Banksy - MyArtBroker

Love Is In The Air (flower thrower) © Banksy 2003

2. What does Love Is In The Air by Banksy mean?

The flower thrower in Love Is In The Air has become a recognisable motif for peaceful resistance, non-violent protest and the power of love over hate.

Flower Thrower Mural by Banksy - MyArtBroker

Image © jensimon7 CC BY-NC 2.0 / Love Is In The Air (flower thrower) © Banksy 2003

3. Love Is In The Air debuted on the West Bank Wall

The controversial barrier separating Palestine from Israel had been erected a year earlier, in 2002. “Palestine is now the world’s largest open-air prison and the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti artists,” Banksy later wrote. In addition to Love Is In The Air, Banksy has created over a dozen murals on the West Bank Wall in 10 years.

In 2017, Banksy returned to Bethlehem to open the Walled Off Hotel next to the West Bank Wall, which boasts the “worst view in the world”.

Love Is In The Air (flower thrower) by Banksy - MyArtBroker

An unusual instance where Banksy's Flower Thrower aims to the left. (Love Is In The Air (flower thrower) © Banksy 2003)

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