On Art and Power

One of Banksy’s more famous pieces is “Balloon Girl” – a simple image of a young girl in a dress with a balloon — just out of reach — being blown away by the wind. Many have pondered the meaning of this piece… is she letting go, or reaching out? Both imply a range of complex emotional decisions that don’t seem to fit with the notion of childhood innocence.

You know why I love this image? Because I like to keep shit simple, and by simple I mean funny.

Funny = stealing a balloon from a child and making them watch as you let it go.

Step 1: Find a child with balloon(s)

Step 2: WHOOOSHHHH

Step 3: Point and laugh

Final thought: Art has the power to reveal the humanity behind man’s cruelest intentions. (Yes, I made that up).

(Images via Flickr)

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