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More About Banksy’s ‘CND Soldiers’
First appearing in the public eye in 2006, on a wall outside the Houses of Parliament, the strong anti-war and political message is evident in this piece – making it one of the most famous in Banksy’s entire anti-war collection. With any highly popular piece comes a long list of captive Banksy buyers.
The Story Behind ‘CND Soldiers’
The very deliberate and obvious characterisation of the two soldiers instantly links this piece to warfare, however its title is also a powerful link between the piece of work itself and the subjects whom it depicts. By calling the soldiers ‘CND’ soldiers, the link can instantly be made between these characters and the British ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ – around which the peace sign was first created and used as the official symbol.
By placing the paintbrush in the hands of the armed soldiers, Banksy uses this piece to create satirical juxtaposition – that the very people whose job it is to fight, are the ones reaching out for and symbolising peace. These characters are designed in the piece of art to be anti-war themselves, campaigning instead for an end to the bloodshed – which is made even more apparent by the decision to show them using red, dripping paint.
The History of this Piece
First appearing outside the Houses of Parliament in 2006, this piece of art by Banksy was a very clear statement both then and now as to his questioning the freedom of soldiers, the freedom of speech granted to citizens, and the media’s trivialisation of war as a story rather than a very real problem.
The timing of this piece being unveiled coincided with an anti-war protest which was being held by an English peace campaigner – voicing the truth that had recently come out about millions of British people, including soldiers, who were against the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Their voices were ignored by the government, with Banksy’s ‘CND soldiers’ print visualising this for all to understand.
Sell your Banksy ‘CND Soldiers’
As part of an immensely popular collection of works, cited by many Banksy buyers and fans to be his work as an anti-war artist, ‘CND Soldiers’ is part of a limited collection of 250 signed and 350 unsigned copies. With such a bold statement and a widely recognised message that makes it a coveted piece among buyers, getting a reputable valuation on your Banksy ‘CND Soldiers’ is crucial if you want to sell your print and get a fair price.