Banksy Flying Copper is an early and completely iconic piece of imagery. The image is of an armed British police officer with angel wings and a yellow smiley face in Riot Gear. The Flying Copper prints were first released in 2003 in two colourways the blue edition there are 150/signed and 600/unsigned prints with one featuring a pink smiley face. the Pink edition which includes 63 signed prints
The piece was first shown on cardboard that was suspended from the ceiling at the Turf War exhibition in the East End of London in 2003.
“Turf War” was the first major exhibition by artist Banksy, staged in a warehouse on Kingsland Road in London’s East End in 2003.The exhibition was held in an East London warehouse over several days in July 2003 and featured painted animals, including pigs in police colours, sheep in “concentration camp stripes”, and a cow with Andy Warhol’s face. The New Yorker described the show as “a Barnumesque spectacle, staged at a secret location”, and noted the inclusion of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as a chimpanzee The show also displayed vandalized classic oil paintings. The exhibition was partly sponsored by the fashion brand Puma, who produced collaborative t-shirts and sneakers featuring ‘Turf War’ branding.
The exhibition’s location was not revealed until one day before it began. “Turf War” marked Banksy’s first gallery show in the United Kingdom