To mark the third anniversay of the Syrian conflict, Banksy has reworked his iconic portrait of a girl with heart balloon, to depict a young Syrian refugee wih a head scarf.
A “global recreation” of the moving Banksy piece saw the release of red balloons en masse around the world while the stencil have been projected on major landmarks, like the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square in London, or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
On his website the following statement reads:
“On the 6 March 2011 in the Syrian town of Daraa, fifteen children were arrested and tortured for painting anti-authoritarian graffiti. The protests that followed their detention led to an outbreak of violence across the country that would see a domestic uprising transform into a civil war displacing 9.3 million people from their homes.