The CND Soldiers artwork previously showed up outside the Houses of Parliament during an anti-war protest led by Brian Haw, an English harmony campaigner who lived for 10 years in the Westminster harmony camp. At the time the UK's association in the 2003 Iraq war had been exposed, and the way that a large number of individuals, including soldiers, challenged the attack was reportedly ignored.
The work portrays two soldiers painted in the artist’s high contrast stencil brand name style on a monochromatic background. While one fighter holds an automatic rifle watching out, the other is painting a large peace symbol in red paint – the main shaded component in the picture. The humorous juxtaposition of soldiers and their firearms close by the notable gesture of goodwill is proposed to make the watcher question the military's part of 'keeping the peace'.
Scrutinizing the legitimacy of the 'nanny state' is a focal topic in Banksy's work. The red gesture of goodwill initially represented the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) of 1957 and is currently generally known as a worldwide symbol of peace. Banksy's incorporation of it here, painted in trickling red paint, plainly inspires the slaughter of war. Further differentiations are drawn as the soldiers, who follow up for the benefit of the public authority, are presently spoken to as activists and hoodlums, graffitiing the divider in a fight.
CND Soldiers is one more fine art by Banksy which addresses the grounds of power, opportunity, and discourse and features the media's effort to downplay fighting. Among different works that do the equivalent are Applause, Bomb Hugger, Happy Choppers and Have a Nice Day.
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