The meaning behind Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ – Explained

Banksy’s masterpiece, ‘Love is in the Air’, also known as ‘Flower Thrower’, is a remarkable mural that was painted directly on the 760km West Bank Wall that separates Israel from Palestine in 2003.

“essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison.” Banksy

The ‘Love is in the Air’ mural portrays a militant figure dressed in a baseball cap and bandana, poised to throw a bouquet of flowers instead of a weapon, symbolising the need for peace and love instead of violence. Banksy’s visit to the region was not a one-time affair, as he returned in 2005 to paint nine more murals advocating for freedom and equality for Palestinians. In 2014, he visited the Gaza Strip to bring attention to the people’s plight. Read more here.

Banksy’s commitment to social justice in the region is evident in his work. The artist’s contribution to the region’s art scene is not limited to his murals as in 2017, Banksy opened the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, which displays a triptych of the famous ‘Love is in the Air / Flower Thrower‘, decorated with real dried flowers.

‘Love is in the Air’ is one of Banksy’s most iconic works, and he has created various versions, including canvas works and paper prints with different colourways. The original ‘Love is in the Air’ was released in 2003 as an edition of 500, with around 50 being signed. Release prices were GBP 40 (unsigned) and GBP 80 (signed) back in 2003. 

Love Is In the Air 2003

Medium: Screenprint in colours on wove paper

Size: 50×70 cm (19 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches)

Total Edition: 500 (of which around 50 were signed) Artist’s Proofs: 27 signed AP

Signed: in black pen lower right (not necessarily numbered under 50)

Publisher: Pictures on Walls

The artwork is also featured in Banksy’s book, ‘Wall and Piece’.

It is no surprise that ‘Love is in the Air / Flower Thrower’ is highly sought after by art collectors worldwide. If you are interested in including this iconic artwork in your collection, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or check out the Flower Thrower triptych in our online store. If you can not find what you are looking for, one of our team will be happy to source you your perfect Banksy artwork around your budget.



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