Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) by Banksy

Love Is In The Air (Flower Thrower) Banksy

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Love Is In The Air, also known as the Flower Thrower or LIITA, first appeared in 2003 as a large format stencilled graffiti in Jerusalem shortly after the construction of the West Bank Wall. The graffiti was made on the 760km wall that separates the Palestine from Israel.

Spanning 760km, the wall, as Banksy put it, “essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison”. The wall rapidly became a giant canvas for paintings and writings protesting against its construction.

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.

Rendered in Banksy’s characteristic signature stencilled style, Love Is In The Air depicts a young man, dressed as a militant, wearing a baseball cap and a bandana to mask the lower half of his face, in the middle of throwing a grenade or molotov cocktail.

Here, however, the artist adds an inevitable twist, placing a bunch of flowers into the thrower’s hand. Despite the overt anger and aggression in his posture, the figure now prepares to launch a universal symbol of love and peace as opposed to a weapon.

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