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Monday, 4 August 2014

Banksy wall art: There is always hope

One of my favorite contemporary artists is the English graffiti artist known as Banksy. His characteristic stencil technique is instantly recognizable and his thought provoking work has ensured that even the most harsh art critic can appreciate his unique point of view. Although many of his creations have captured the hearts of the general public, perhaps his most famous graffiti piece is the one discovered in London in 2002 commonly known as "Girl With Balloon". In this work a young girl reaches for a red heart shaped balloon which is just beyond her grasp. Behind her is a quote which reads "there is always hope". While open to interpretation, like many of Bankys works, to me this piece signifies that what our heart desires is always within our reach, even if it requires a little stretch. This piece has been reproduced on posters and prints throughout the world and I keep a copy on my walls to remind myself everyday that all goals are attainable with hard work and dedication.


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