Banksy’s Dream Boat sculpture of refugees set to fetch millions at Context Miami in December
In keeping with the message of the play, a significant portion of the proceeds will go to Choose Love, an organization that strives to provide support to refugees around the world
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MIAMI, Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — S16 Gallery and Ballon Rouge Art Advisory are thrilled to announce that Banksy’s ‘Dream Boat’ will be offered for sale at the upcoming Context Art Miami, a significant portion of proceeds going to Choose Love, an organization that provides humanitarian aid and advocacy for refugees around the world.
‘Dream Boat’ was originally unveiled at Banksy’s 2015 Dismaland art pop-up in the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. It was part of a functional coin-operated game where guests could guide police boats to chase the “Dream Boat,” a nearly three-foot-long sculpture of a boat overflowing with individually painted refugees.
In 2018, the ‘Dream Boat’ reappeared when Banksy took to Instagram to announce he would be raffling off the coin for £2, with proceeds from the raffle going to Choose Love. The sculpture would be won by the person who provided the closest estimate of the sculpture’s actual weight.
The lucky winner with a keen sense of physics entrusted Ballon Rouge and S16 with finding a permanent home for the “Dream Boat”, an exceptional work of art with an unforgettable history. The poignant piece comes with full certification from Banksy’s own pest control office.
“Banksy is a pioneer in creating art that goes beyond social commentary to become a proactive tool in the fight for social change and the causes he criticizes”, says Jon Bucci, president of Ballon Rouge Art Advisory. “We are incredibly honored to have been chosen, along with S16 Gallery, to play a part in the story of this incredible piece and to help create a full-loop moment in which a large portion of the proceeds will go to the organization of origin for whose benefit she was raffled, Choose love.”
Since its inception, Choose Love has supported nearly 4 million people and raised over $80 million for partner organizations worldwide.
Banksy’s “Dream Boat” will be offered for sale as part of the S16 collection presented at Context Miami from November 29 to December 4, 2022.
About Ballon Rouge: Ballon Rouge was born out of the need for transparency and uniformity in the world of art and collectibles as financial assets. We are a group of professionals brought together to create a holistic vehicle to help the client navigate the world of art and collectibles by making the process simple, transparent and efficient. Our strict mandate is to work on behalf of the client, buyer or seller, in order to obtain optimal financial results, by offering a variety of categories of services to buyers and sellers of all levels.
About S16: S16 Gallery is a group of contemporary art galleries born from the Station 16 brand, well known for presenting an international list of artists mainly influenced by street art and graffiti. Galleries are constantly looking for ways to reinvent themselves and bring the urban art scene to life, exhibiting artwork that challenges the traditional white cube gallery space.
About Choose Love: According to their mission statement, “everything we do is fueled by a vision of a world that chooses love and justice every day, for everyone.” An amount equal to 10% of the reserve price and 50% of any additional amount will be offered upon sale to Choose Love so that he can continue his incredible work.
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