The graffiti artist is lending — what else? — graffiti to the organization, repurposing one of his most famous images.
This image of a little girl and a red balloon, originally painted on a wall in London beside the words "There is always hope," has been adapted to show a girl wearing a head scarf. (Via Flickr / Dominic Robinson,Banksy)
The red balloon is also featured in a video for the organization, voiced by Idris Elba.
"On March 15, 2014, the world will wake up to the third anniversary of the bloody conflict in Syria." (Via #WithSyria)
The red balloon is also being used as a symbol of hope in the candlelight vigils, and the updated image will be projected onto landmarks around the world, from the Eiffel Tower to the Lincoln Memorial, with the message U.N.'s hashtag "No lost generation." (Via #WithSyria)
As for what effect the vigils will have on the ongoing violence... well, they can't hurt.
The U.N.'s mediator Lakhdar Brahimi hasn't had much luck ending the conflict, with recent peace talks in Geneva basically hitting a brick wall.
This won't be the first time Banksy has lent his art to a difficult cause, though. In 2005, the artist painted murals on the wall dividing Israel and the West Bank, including another image of a girl with balloons. (ViaChannel 4)
The U.N. stopped counting casualties in Syria when they hit 100,000 more than a year ago, but some media outlets estimate 140,000 have now been killed and nine million displaced.
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