The anonymous Banksy, created Girl with the Red Balloon in 2002 which is without a doubt one of the most iconic images of the twenty-first century.
Like many artists best works, the success lies in the mystery and simplicity - which Banksy has rendered in red and black against a concrete background. The image possesses a visual immediacy that is the key to its popularity. With the little girl in central composition with her hand stretched out, reaching for the heart shaped balloon that only moments earlier escaped her fingers. The words written to the right 'There is Always Hope' gives us a sense of relief and hope, not all is lost.