'Flower Thrower' by Banksy (after), 2020
From Be@rbrick x Medicom Toy.
400% figure (11 Inches tall) +
100% figure (2.8 Inches tall)
11.8 x 7.9 x 4.7 Inches (box)
Collectible painted vinyl figure set.
Limited Edition (Sold Out).
Comes new in original, unopened, branded box.
ABOUT THE ART
Rage, the Flower Thrower or Love is in the Air is one of the most iconic stencils by Banksy. It shows a masked Palestinian throwing a bouquet of flowers.
Banksy is known for displaying his works out in the open for the public to view it, in places such as walls in the case of Rage, the Flower Thrower. Still, the majority of his public paintings are often resold, even if it means removing the wall they were painted on.
The drawing first appeared on a wall on the side of a garage on the highway from Beit Sahour opposite Citroen/Peugeot car dealership in Jerusalem. The man in the painting is wearing a scarf and a baseball cap and appears to aim the flowers at someone(s) in rage.
The man and the flower wrapping are made in black and white. The flowers and the stem protruding from the wrapper are done in color. The portrait is reminiscent of the images from the street and campus riots of the 1960s. The anger and frustration can be seen in the posture of the man as he tries to bomb the establishment with flowers.
In 2005 a gay parade was staged in the city of Jerusalem, but the participants were ambushed by protestors who stabbed three and injured many scores of others. According to many commentators, the black and white man in the image represented as a protestor or rioter. His gears are typically associated with violence. There are a bandana and a cap worn backward to conceal the identity, while the flowers are in color, vivid, multi-color, which could be interpreted as a metaphorical of the gay pride flag. The flowers themselves in the mages signify hope for peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Banksy painted the work on the 760 kilometers wall that separates Israel from Palestine, which the artist said: essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison.
In his book Wall & Piece (War and Spray) in 2005, while he was painting the wall with this mural, one of the residents told him: We do not want this wall to be beautiful, we do not want this wall, go home.