For twenty seven years, we Futurists have rebelled against the idea that war is anti-aesthetic… We therefore state: …war is beautiful because– thanks to its gas masks, its terrifying megaphones, its flame throwers and light tanks– it establishes man’s dominion over the subjugated machine. War is beautiful because it inaugurates the dreamed-of metallization of the human body. War is beautiful because it enriches a flowering meadow with the fiery orchids of machine-guns. War is beautiful because it combines gunfire, barrages, cease-fires, scents, and the fragrance of putrefaction into a symphony. War is beautiful because it creates new architecture, like those of armored tanks, geometric squadrons of aircraft, spirals of smoke from burning villages, and much more… Poets and artists of Futurism… remember these principles of an aesthetic of war, that they may illuminate… your struggles for a new poetry and a new sculpture!