Banksy's Bomb Hugger figurine produced by Kevin Francis Ceramics of Stoke-on-Trent, England, in a 2016 limited edition of 100. Originally Banksy named the work Bomb Love, however, the public adopted the name Bomb Hugger. Bomb Love more accurately reflects the message Banksy wanted to capture in the piece, but Bomb Hugger is arguably more provocative. Banksy's message was to dispel the illusions portrayed by the media that war is a beneficial and necessary. The act of an innocent child hugging a bomb both symbolized the affection for warfare that the public was encouraged to have and also exaggerated the contrast between peace and war. The sight of someone so vulnerable being so close to danger was intended to make the viewer feel uneasy. Bomb Hugger also has an alternative, more uplifting message: that love can conquer all and war can be overcome, or subdued, by goodness. As Banksy wrote in his 2004 book "Cut It Out", "Suicide bombers just need a hug".
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