Girl With Balloon Signed
- Title: Girl With Balloon Signed
- Medium: Silk screen print
- Date: 2004
- Edition: 150 Signed (600 Unsigned, AP’s available)
- Dimensions: 50 x 66 cm
- Published by: POW
- Signature: Signed bottom right
The Banksy Edition Print Girl With Balloon is undoubtedly one of his most desirable pieces of work to date. Girl With Balloon was originally released in 2004 and first seen on the wall of a South Bank staircase in London. From this, several variations on the theme of a girl with a balloon were created, 150 of these prints were signed and another 600 were unsigned.
Girl With Balloon is widely seen as one of Banksy’s most popular works, drawing attention to celebrity culture as well as recreations being printed on many canvas and posters around the world. Justin Bieber loved the image so much he got it tattoo on his arm.
The image illustrates hope and desire as the girl reaches for the balloon, which is just out of her grasp. Set against deliberately dull surroundings, implies a dreary existence but depicts hope even when times maybe bleak. One is asked to imagine not only the possibilities of happiness for the girl but to also use this as a synonym for oneself. Banksy uses obvious symbols of recognition, such as the heart balloon symbolising love and the grass symbolising nature, for the viewer to have an immediate connection with the painting and then on reflection the story behind the painting creates a deeper understanding. Spraying his iconic quote ‘There is Always Hope’ at the side of the painting, Banksy is directly signalling what this painting represents and using an innocent young girl shows that misfortune can bestow anyone but there is always hope.
Banksy created a version of the piece on the cardboard backing of an Ikea frame. The image of the girl was also used in a With Syria campaign.