About this artwork
Nola by Banksy first appeared in 2008 in New Orleans, on St. Claude Avenue at Kerlerec Street in Marginy. It depicts a young girl holding an umbrella. The rain falls from inside the umbrella and pours onto the girl. Instead of protecting the girl from the rain, it is the reason she is getting wet. It's a clear reference to the flood caused by Hurricane Katrina. Nola is an acronym for New Orleans, Los Angeles. Banksy mentioned in an interview that it represents how some of the things that should protect us, can also harm us.
Nola was a part of a series of fourteen wall art pieces by Banksy, painted in New Orleans. They all made references to Hurricane Katrina. It was Banksy's way of showing support to the city. Thirteen paintings were destroyed, stolen or placed in galleries. Nola is the only painting left. To protect Nola, it was first covered with plywood, and later with Plexiglas.
The print has four different variations, in each variation the rain has a different colour.