On the 25th May 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA. Since the event, which occurred during the COVID-19 lockdown, people have taken to the streets to protest the injustice towards the black population in the United States. However, protests weren’t limited to the United States, people from all over the world took part in protesting against racism and showing their solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Not only has the world come together to show their support to Black Lives Matter, but street artists all over the globe have also produced some spectacular murals in memory of George Floyd. Wherever you are in the world, you are sure to come across some street art dedicated to George Floyd.
Since Floyd’s death, his portrait has been unveiled all across the United States. Street Artists have created the murals on walls and shop fronts to show their support. In Minneapolis and around the world murals depicting George Floyd have turned into shrines.
George Floyd’s death was caught on camera. For almost 9-minutes, the police officer held him down. George Floyd’s final words were, ‘I can’t breathe’. Street artists have included Floyd’s last words in their artwork.
French street artist, JR and unveiled a tribute to Adama Traoré and George Floyd on 9th June, 2020 in Paris. The mural depicts the eye of George Floyd and Adama Traoré, a young black man who died in police custody in France in July 2016. They both look towards the horizon in different directions. The foreground depicts the marks that are present on the street of the place where George Floyd died.
British street artist, Banksy, published his own dedication to George Floyd via his Instagram account at the beginning of June. Accompanied by a photo of his artwork, Banksy includes a statement condemning the death of Floyd: “At first, I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem. It’s mine.
People of color are being failed by the system. The white system.”
Street art is an integral part of not only art but of society. Street artists create artwork to share their opinions on social and political issues. If you are interested in viewing more street art, visit the street art section of the UP & COMING ART gallery or get in touch!