As is the case with most works by Banksy, the message of this latest piece is immediate and biting. A childlike drawing of a girl and a dog, standing next to an exploding house, sits in a frame beneath three drones. It’s title: “Civilian Drone Strike.”
The work was unveiled this week in London as part of Art the Arms Fair, organized by local activists in opposition to the concurrent Defense & Security Equipment International (DSEI), one of the world’s largest arms fairs.
“‘Civilian Drone Strike’ is such a powerful statement against everything that events like the DSEI arms fair stand for.” Sam Walton, an Art the Arms Fair organizer, said in a statement. “The arms trade doesn’t like people knowing about their dodgy deals to despotic regimes. They want to stay in the shadows. We are using art to draw as much attention as possible to the deadly results of their terrible industry.”
Rayan, Banksy’s mural sounds like a scene from the film Eye in the Sky, a good watch if you have not yet seen it. Drones present a huge moral dilemma for our modern times. As I mentioned in the other thread, the members here are interested in Samurai weaponry from centuries past, which besides functionality was highly artistic. Not sure how your post ties into that remit, but thanks for the heads-up anyway.