Banksy has recreated his iconic balloon girl Street Art to mark the third year anniversary of the Syrian conflict. The famous balloon girl image first appeared on the wall of an East London shop in 2002. This latest reworking features a Syrian refugee girl in a headscarf, letting go of a heart-shaped balloon.
Banksy released a statement on his website referring to the 15 children whose detention for writing pro-democracy graffiti triggered the first protests against the Assad regime in March 2011. He finished with the hashtag #WithSyria – an online campaign to support victims of the war. Actor Idris Elba and the band Elbow have also lent their support to the campaign to end the conflict.
The poignant image will be projected onto various international landmarks today, including the Eiffel Tower and Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square between 6-7pm.