Lot 32


War Boutique (b.1965)
"Metropolitan Peace Combat Swimmer Vest" 2022
HGZ ballistic vest, neutral buoyancy, customised with Jacquard woven Metropolitan Peace patch, presented in a sealed Police evidence bag, 52cm by 54cm

Donated by the Artist

Before becoming an artist, #WarBoutique worked for a body armour company designing uniforms from fabrics specially formulated for the military and police.
His approach transforms materials, including military textiles, bulletproof ceramics, bullet shells and bomb blankets, into powerful artworks that embody social commentary. Central to his work is the idea of peace.
In 2009 he collaborated with @Banksy as part of his Banksy VS Bristol Museum exhibition, helping to create the uniform for an animatronic "Metropolitan Peace" officer in full riot gear, riding a children's carousel horse.
"Cities will always need policemen in some form, 'Metropolitan Peace' is a reminder of how delicate the balance of power is enshrined in these roles." WarBoutique.
His work speaks truth to power and challenges authority to be more accountable and transparent if it is truly to earn the trust of the communities it claims to serve.
During the #BanksyVSBristolMuseum exhibition, #WarBoutique released an edition of Metropolitan Peace Ballistic vests in collaboration with Banksy's gallery #PicturesOnWalls.

For the auction, he has donated a Metropolitan Peace Combat Swimmer Vest customised with Jacquard Woven Metropolitan Peace patches, front and back. The 2022 artwork will be dispatched in a sealed, notated Police evidence bag and measures 52cm by 54cm.

Attached is an image from the Banksy x War Boutique collaboration at the 2009 Banksy vs Bristol Museum exhibition.

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Sold for £500
Estimated at £500 - £700


Auction: Urban and Contemporary Art Timed Auction in aid of York Food Bank, ending 20th Oct, 2022

This timed charity auction is organised by Bombsquad, a York-based non-profit community arts organisation passionate about street and contemporary art.  Bombsquad aims to enrich the cultural landscape of York whilst raising money for local charities. 

The auction forms part of Totally Hammered, Bombsquad’s second fundraising event which brings together artists from the street and contemporary art worlds to raise urgently needed funds for York Food Bank.  In addition to the timed auction, there will be a fundraising celebration event on 20th October at The Crescent Community Venue, York including live art demonstration, DJ and free draw to the raffle with every ticket purchased.  

All works have been kindly donated by an impressive roster of artists including; -  Sweet Toof, Rowdy, Lushsux, Jimmy Cauty, Al Diaz, Jo Peel, Gavin Turk, Dan Cimmermann, Dot Masters and many more.  Bombsquad will also be contributing by including artworks from their own collections including a Banksy.   On selected lots, bidding will start at £50 to offer opportunities for new and seasoned collectors alike.  All proceeds from this timed auction will be donated to York Food Bank, registered charity 1154149

Please view the auction and bid for your chance to win an amazing piece of art whilst supporting York Food Bank at this critical time. 

For all enquiries relating to the sale, please contact Bombsquad: John Lundberg 0771 5754018 or Lee Lambley 07791 665563

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