Love Is In The Air
Location: Ash Salon Street, Bethlehem, West Bank
Love Is In The Air, also known as Flower Thrower or LIITA, first appeared in 2003 as a large format stenciled graffiti in Jerusalem shortly after the construction of the West Bank Wall. The graffiti was made on the 760km wall that separates Palestine from Israel.
Spanning 760km, the wall, as Banksy put it, “essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison”. The wall rapidly became a giant canvas for paintings and writings protesting against its construction.
Banksy returned to the region in 2005 to paint a series of nine provocative works supporting freedom and equality. In 2015, the intervened again, painting four new pieces among the ruins of a bombed city with the intention of highlighting the plight of the people living in the Gaza Strip.
Love Is In The Air has now become one of the most iconic Banksy’s stencils, and the artist has produced numerous versions for unique works on canvas and print with various colorways. It is also featured on the cover of Banksy‘s book, Wall and Piece.
Banksy had obviously tagged this iconic stencil in London before that date, they are obviously long gone… Steve Lazarides has kept a few pictures of one of them with a barcode as shown below…