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Banksy, "CND Soldiers", 2005. It depicts two soldiers, crouching on the ground and scouting the landscape around them. One is holding a machine gun, the other a paintbrush with which he is in the process of painting a red peace sign. This sign originally symbolized the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) of 1957 and is now widely known as an international symbol of peace. The satirical juxtaposition of armed soldiers alongside the iconic peace sign questions the role and impact of military in keeping the peace. The peace sign, painted in dripping red evokes the bloodshed of war. The soldiers, who act on behalf of the government, are now represented as activists and vandals, graffitiing the wall in protest.
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