Blessed are the Peacemakers

ẞanksy | Kids on Guns | 2004 | Print on Canvas

Silhouettes of a young boy and a girl, holding their toys in their hands, high up on a mountain of weapons. The girl is holding a heart-shaped red balloon on a string. It is another work depicting the iconic balloon girl. The simplicity and severity of the color contrasts gives it both beauty and deeper meaning, making it one of the artist’s more somber pieces.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

§tacy §weeney






ßanksy|Love Hurts (Wounded Heart Balloon) | 2013| Mural

Love Hurts, also known as Wounded Heart Balloon, has appeared outside of the print release during Banksy’s New York residency. The mural was seen in Brooklyn.

The motif of the Love Hurts balloon has been used at various times in multiple formats.

“New York calls to graffiti writers like a dirty old lighthouse. We all want to prove ourselves here.” – Banksy


You break through with hope
know the band-aids hold
no room entered remains dark

with a mighty hand
and an outstretched arm
blessed are the brokenhearted

Stacy Sweeney