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Nola, also known as Umbrella Girl or Rain Girl, first appeared in 2008, painted by Banksy on the streets of the Marigny neighbourhood in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, three years after the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina.
The work was part of a series of 14 murals which referenced the disaster that struck the city affectionately known as ‘Nola’. The first Nola signed print was subsequently released later that year as a limited edition of 289 signed works.
The work features a young girl carrying an umbrella; however, in one of Banksy’s characteristic twists, the pouring rain paradoxically appears from within the canopy of the umbrella itself. The girl tentatively extends a cupped hand in obvious confusion, only to find that the umbrella is, in fact, the source of the downpour, as opposed to offering protection from it.
The first edition featured white raindrops while later, larger editions included 63 prints with grey rain, 32 with neon orange rain, 31 in neon yellow and 66 artist proofs with multicolour rain. All are numbered and signed by the artist.
Why is Nola important?
The Nola mural was one of Banksy’s most powerful and beautiful stencils in New Orleans, and is the only one from the Hurricane Katrina series that remains on the street – the rest have been either destroyed, stolen or placed in museums and galleries. After it was valued around $7,000, Nola too suffered vandalism and attempted theft and in 2014 the work was covered with plywood and watched over by a security guard. It is now covered by transparent plexiglass.
Why we love Nola... ‘As well as being visually striking, this image of a young girl caught in a strange downpour carries particular resonance, functioning as a powerful memorial to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and an important part of street art history.’ - Joe Syer
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