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Heavy Weaponry (Silver Edition), 2004


Heavy Weaponry (Silver Edition), 2004
Edition: 25
Spray-paint on canvas
30.5 x 40 cm (12 x 15 3/4 inches)
Stenciled “BANKSY” on the right overturn
Further signed and dated 04 on the reverse
Heavy Weaponry depicts a singular elephant made in Banksy’s recognizable 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 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.

Auction Results

Heavy Weaponry (Silver Edition) last sold at Sotheby’s Hong-Kong, on 7 October 2019, for USD 159,367.
Heavy Weaponry (Silver Edition), 2004
Stenciled with the artist’s name on the right overturn
Signed and dated 04, numbered 10/25on the reverse
Sotheby’s Hong-Kong, 7 October 2019
HKD 1,250,000 / USD 159,367