CND Soldiers (Unsigned) – Banksy

Title: CND Soldiers (Unsigned)
Year: 2005
Size: 70 x 50cm
Medium: Screen Print on paper
Edition of 350

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Part of Banksy’s success delivering his unique brand of sarcasm comes not only from his intellectual treatment and biting humor, but his keen sense of placement. CND Soldiers is an anti-war art statement that was placed directly across from the British Parliament and was later removed by authorities. At the time this work was placed, there was a long-standing anti-war protest led by peace campaigner, Brian Haw. Brian Haw began protesting outside the British Parliament prior to 2001 for their participation in attacks on Iraq and had become a symbol of peace, nationally.

The print shows two soldiers surreptitiously placing a peace symbol in red paint, symbolizing the color of blood on the wall. One soldier acts as the scout, surveying their surroundings for would-be onlookers while the other performs the task of placing the symbol. It is ironic that soldiers acting on behalf of the government, not ordinary citizens are the ones placing the symbol on the wall. The print suggests that even individuals who are vehicles and pawns of war have grown tired of their entanglements and want out.

In addition to his iconic murals, the elusive urban artist has also released prints in a number of formats. His talent and mysterious identity have made the popularity of his pieces soar and, consequently, they are in incredibly high demand in the art world. Explore the Banksy original art we have for sale here at ArtLife.