The Politics of Banksy Flower Bomber

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The Banksy Flower Bomber is a new piece of graffiti art that has recently come to be extremely popular in Bristol, England. It consists of dozens of apparently random flowers that have been pasted onto buildings and other public areas with the Banksy logo clearly legibly on them. Due to its popularity, there are now blooms of different Banksy flowers being sold all over the UK.

The flowers are generally bright red, in shades of bright yellow. They have been plastered on to surfaces in Bristol for months now, but their presence was previously unseen. In fact, many people who visit Bristol have never even heard of Banksy before. The reason for their notoriety is due to the unique quality of the work that this Bristol based artist achieves with his paints. His Banksy Flower Bomber series is much more than simply attaching flowers onto a building or pavement – it is an ongoing meditative and political commentary on contemporary society that draws on his deep knowledge of British culture as well as modern art and literature.

As, Well As the Bright Red and Yellow Flowers

The Bristolian also includes a selection of sea creatures such as lobsters and crabs on the work. The piece also features a number of caged in fish along with a selection of birds, all of which help convey the message that all forms of artwork are mere tools for expressing one’s thoughts. As such, the Banksy Flower Bomber is not just a piece of street art, but an artistic statement on the political and cultural significance of art. What better way to deliver a political or cultural message than through a Banksy painting? This is especially true when you consider that many famous British politicians have commissioned Banksy works too.

As Far As the Legal Context of the Whole Situation Is Concerned

Banksy has said that he will not be using the Mona Lisa in any way to promote political views. However, he has said that he would consider using similar paintings in the future, perhaps to coincide with elections where a change in government may occur. As far as what he thinks about the controversial nature of Banksy tees flower bombards, nothing is intended to be interpreted literally by the artist. Instead, what is meant is that the bombardment represents a simple form of rebellion by people against an autocratic world, which is generally understood to be unjust.

In A Broader Sense

What we may call the “flower bomber” is simply an art installation, which in no way has any political or social messages to deliver. To the untrained eye, it may look like a crude attempt at public expression, but this is not the point. What is more important than what is printed on the canvas is how it assembles and what it says. This is what is meant when we talk of an “anti-social” work of art.

So, while the Banksy Flower Bomber is unlikely to cause political unrest in itself, what it can be seen as saying is that creativity is not a politically correct zone where one can express one’s emotions without having to consider the reaction of others. It is possible that the use of this kind of art will become more common in the coming months as different political groups attempt to draw attention to different aspects of their governments. Whatever the future holds, there is no doubting the fact that these flowers make quite a statement.

 

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