In last week’s blog we took a look at one of the best known street artists of all time, Banksy. For those of you who follow our posts you will know that Banksy is a great inspiration to us at VIP Balloons.
We looked at the first five pieces of his work from Palestine; Armored Dove of Peace, West Bank Guard, Window on The West Bank, Unwelcome Intervention and Escapism. This week we will take a look at the final four pieces.
In typical graffiti fashion, the work was discovered by passersby after the famous artist has left the scene. Bansky used the wall to paint his sometimes subversive artwork in 2005. The Palestinian art collection, a total of 9 pieces, was cataloged before counter graffiti artists began painting over the work. This made it difficult to account for all nine pieces by name and date of completion. Some of the paintings were never given official names but are merely described by the art content itself. Some want to include additional paintings on nearby Palestinian and Israeli walls and buildings as part of Banksy’s Palestinian work. Whether there are simply nine or more, all serve the point of bringing notice to the often less than popular wall and its plight.
Painted totally in black, as if a silhouette or shadow, Balloon Debate shows a young girl, hoping for the other side but only able to do so by letting balloons take her away. Again, Banksy uses a child to depict innocence against the true hostility of the area and what the wall came from.
Cut It Out
This is the simplest of all of Banksy’s wall creations. A dotted line, as would appear on the back of a box, with scissors inserted for directions, begs those walking by to merely cut a piece out of the wall. If solving centuries-old issues was as simple as “cutting it out.”
Art Attack provides a hint of what could be. A hole in the wall has been created, and on the other side is a boy, complete with his sand pail, merely waiting to play in the sand. This is one of the remaining pieces, and other artists have added both their artwork and comments along with Banksy’s work.
Residents often complain that the wall not only cuts them off from the other side but that everyday activities such as getting to farms and livestock become difficult. Farmers only hope that they find a break in the wall or that a guard shows pity and allows them to pass. This horse seems to be stuck also. All that is visible is his head through one small square and his feet through the other. Even Banksy’s horse is trapped by the Israeli West Bank Wall.
Many on the West Bank became upset and a little less than comfortable when Banksy’s urban street art began appearing. Banksy graffiti in Palestine is seen as an intrusion by many, with one local even saying the work is pretty and the wall was not a pretty thing, so remove the art. Thus some have claimed that the art was merely art and should not be painted over, while others saw the graffiti as politically laced. The latter is probably true, as a majority of Banky’s art makes a statement about society or creates a political conversation. Many Palestinian citizens viewed the wall as in incursion on their freedoms and further notification of the friction between Israel and the people in Palestine, and thus felt that the artwork only enhanced this feeling.
However, many note that the incident of suicide bombings and violent episodes have decreased since the summer of 2002, when the work began appearing on the wall. No one can know for sure if Banky’s art can be accredited with the reduction in violence, but one can only hope. In the meantime, rest assured that Banksy’s art will continue to pop up in unexpected areas, making bold political statements that might not be embraced with open arms by all.
Whatever you may think of Banksy’s work, at VIP Balloons we find it creative, challenging and inspiring. It is through art, like this, that we are inspired to create new an innovative designs in our balloons.
Join us next Monday to see what other art inspires us.