LIFE SIZE GIRL WITH BALLOON
Girl With Balloon on wood
We are proud to offer this unique and stunning life size Girl With Balloon.
Designed in a box for brilliant presentation. The box she sits in acts as a frame and transport box. She lives within the frame as the original does and giving the effect a float frame does.
The mural is 1:1 scale of the original.using the exact methods the artist used when creating the original. An accurate stencils was created from the original piece (which is currently under our management) during our restoration of the piece. The stencil was scaled, and colour matches were used to match the exact paint colouring. Our artists hand-sprayed the finished product using the exact paints as per the original. This is the most accurate replica of the original piece on the market.
This has not been personalised and is an exact replica copy of the original.
From the onset only the highest quality materials are used to ensure long lasting beauty and value. Everything has been created by hand and is completely bespoke.
The testing process began creating frames, housing and the skeletal framework she would eventually be mounted to.
The weight was also very carefully considered as once she was fully completed, it could easily have become a very impractical weight.
The next stage was the paint mixing. From the background a selection of different readings were taken. They were then digitally processed, and the paint was mixed thereafter. As you know from the teasing pictures I sent it was essential to keep you informed and request your direction on how the background was going to look. This was because the discolouration from years of hard street living had built up. It was decided we would move forward with her being finished true to how she would have been days after creation rather than years after decay.
At first the framework was made and then the boards were fixed in place. After this the base layer of plaster and additives was applied. The plaster was intentionally placed around the outside to imitate how the original had been cut from the wall. This was done to match the imperfections of the original. The drying process was not rushed as with natural materials they require time to set.
After this stage the base of the piece was masked off and using the measurements from the original. Spray paint was then applied.
The stencil was then fitted in different stages and the spray paint was applied with a light and heavy technique until the girl and balloon had been completed. I then went around the piece recreating certain details again only found on the original.
The housing / framing box was made, and the inner frame was painted black to give the piece a floating shadow box look. This illusion would also accentuate the cut from the wall look while also displaying her safely and beautifully. The box then has its front and rear covers mated to it for protection ready for delivery.
Provenance:This piece has been created using the exact methods the artist used when creating the original. An accurate stencils was created from the original piece (which is currently under our management) during our restoration of the piece. The stencil was scaled, and colour matches were used to match the exact paint colouring. Our artists hand-sprayed the finished product using the exact paints as per the original. This is the most accurate replica of the original piece on the market.
- 7 foot tall by 4 foot 4 wide. The mural is 1:1 scale of the original.
About the original piece
Painted 2004 - salvaged 2014. Location London.
While the rat is Banksy’s signature stencil, the Girl With The Red Balloon is his most popular and depicts an innocent girl reaching for a red heart-shaped balloon that is just beyond her grasp.
Banksy chose two locations for this famous creation – one on the stairwell of the South Bank and the other on Great Eastern Street on the borders of Liverpool Street Station. Almost a decade ago, the latter was covered with advertising billboards and doomed to a fate of unceremonious decay and erosion.
Thousands of Londoners walked past the piece each day on their morning commute to work completely oblivious of its existence as it faded from the public knowledge. The Sincura Group was commissioned to salvage and restore this stunning piece.
When we removed the billboards we estimated the piece would have been completely destroyed within 12 month, the paint was flaking and the girl’s face was hanging from the front.
Specialist art restorers were called in to stabilise the piece on the wall for the first week before we could even start the cutting process.
Delivery methods:This can be collected from our pop-up store or delivered.
Photos of the original piece:
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