Bound Soldier Street Art Buffed Off Brooklyn Wall Lives On As Print

September 19, 2014 | Bucky Turco

The image you see above is a print depicting a soldier getting tied up and disarmed by a race of tiny, round-headed creatures decked out in primary colors. Inspired by the 18th century classic novel Gulliver’s Travels, the art first existed as a sizable mural in Brooklyn (at Waterbury & Meserole Streets).

It was painted with permission over the course of two days in May by street art combo Icy and Sot and fellow co-conspirator Sonni. Then, it was quickly destroyed (and later remixed).

Within hours of being finished, two laborers arrived with bucket paint and rollers to buff the mural.

The artists told ANIMAL that the property owner gave them a dubious explanation for blacking out the mural and that they believe he wasn’t happy with its politically-charged nature

Since the mural was covered so fast, it was never widely photographed or seen apart from a handful of Instagram posts, but the international trio of Brooklyn-based artists figured out a way to showcase the work and help pay their rent: they made it a print in partnership with U.T.B. (Under the Bridge) Gallery.

The ten-color, screenprinted work measures 24 x 18 inches, is limited edition (100 pieces), and comes signed and numbered. It goes on sale today at NOON (EST).

They’ll also be offering a hand embellished version — Sonni will be drawing two of his signature characters on each print — with a black background that’s even more exclusive. It will be limited to 20 pieces.