Girl With Balloon Unsigned
- Title: Girl With Balloon Unsigned
- Medium: Silk screen print
- Date: 2004
- Edition: 600 Unsigned (150 Signed, AP’s available)
- Dimensions: 50 x 66 cm
- Published by: POW
The 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. Fun fact: 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, it 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.
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.