Heavy Weaponry by Banksy - MyArtBroker

Heavy Weaponry Banksy

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Heavy Weaponry is a well-known canvas by British street artist Banksy released in 2002 by Pictures on Walls, Banksy UK’s print house. It is a simple canvas made using black spray paint and stencils. Heavy Weaponry depicts a singular elephant made in Banksy’s recognisable stencil style with a rocket strapped to its back, hence the double-entendre in the witty title. The entire composition consists of a minimally depicted animal simply strolling forward, heavy with irony. The artist’s signature is visible in the bottom right-hand corner rendered in light grey stenciled capital letters.

The image of the elephant bearing a rocket on its back carries various interpretations; presumably the general message is anti-military, in line with Banksy’s other works using similar imagery. Using the elephant as a symbol resonates with other famous Banksy works featuring various animals that represent ordinary people or the ‘masses’ vis-a-vis the establishment and the military-industrialist complex.

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