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Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower)

Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower)
Unsigned Print

Banksy

Screenprint, 2003
Unsigned Print Edition of 500
H 50cm x W 70cm

Critical Review

Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) features Banksy’s trademark spray/stencil style harking back to his beginnings as a graffiti artist. The image depicts an angry young man wearing a bandana as a mask, in the action of throwing what could be a rock or a Molotov cocktail, but instead is a bouquet of flowers.

This famous image is considered to reference pictures from 1960s campus and street riots around the globe. It has been interpreted as a representation of peaceful resistance as an essential weapon for protestors if they want to achieve true change, instead of more violent means. It appeared as graffiti in the conflict-ridden Gaza strip area of Jerusalem as an indication by Banksy that there still might be hope for a peaceful solution in the ongoing struggle between Palestine and Israel. This print is largely monochromatic with a block-red colour background.

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