Kim Tae-hyung, member of the popular Korean boy band BTS, yesterday shared a picture of street artist Banksy’s famous mural ‘Love is in the air‘ which is painted on Israel’s illegal Separation Wall in the occupied West Bank.Tae-hyung shared the picture on his Instagram story with no comment. In it a reflection can be seen of someone holding up a peace sign.
Love Is In The Air, also known as Flower Thrower or LIITA, depicts a young man, dressed as a militant, wearing a backwards baseball cap and a bandana to mask the lower half of his face. He is caught in the middle of throwing a bouquet of flowers as if it were a grenade or Molotov cocktail. Despite the apparent aggression in his posture, the figure is getting ready to launch a universal symbol of love and peace as opposed to a weapon, according to Banksy Explained.
Though the original piece appeared in London, the most well-known version of the artwork was executed in 2003 on the Separation Wall in occupied East Jerusalem.
Banksy has painted a number of murals on the Separation Wall and within the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip. He also opened the Walled Off Hotel in occupied Bethlehem, which boasts of having “the worst view of any hotel in the world” including direct views of the wall and of Israeli watchtowers.