In the hours following Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, french artist Jean Jullien posted on his Facebook and Twitter account a quickly sketched drawing of a peace symbol merged with an line drawing of the Eiffel Tower as the center with the simple caption…
“Peace for Paris”
The image took off immediately shared by more than 23K Facebook and 45K Twitter users. It is also still dominating Instagram. Jullien told The Telegraph.
“Usually when I draw I make an image that will make people laugh, or communicate. But this time I felt like communicating something that made me and everybody very upset. It was just my way of sharing my reaction, of sharing a need for peace and solidarity in the face of such a disaster.”
Jullien’s image has garnered tons of attention but it was done without thought of his own fame,
“It wasn’t a piece to promote myself, sell anything or get anything. It was meant to be used freely, to encourage peace in Paris and peace in general.”
Jullien told The Telegraph he didn’t really care that his drawing was initially being attributed to the street artis Banksy. A Banksy fan account tweeted the image with the same caption as Jullien, thousands retweeted the photo and assumed the drawing was created by Banksy.
“I didn’t care. It’s not the time to claim ownership, or a price on something. It’s not a time for concerns like that.
I wish I could say it feels great, but given the circumstances I can’t. I feel completely shocked, angry, and sad.”
(via Refinery 29)