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Death of George Floyd inspires commemorative artworks around the world

Death of George Floyd inspires commemorative artworks around the world

The late George Floyd, who died while pinned to the ground during a police arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has inspired dozens of commemorative artworks across the USA and around the world.

Death of George Floyd inspires commemorative artworks around the world

They include this mural in Binnish in Syria’s north-western Idlib province, painted by artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun on the remaining wall of a building that was destroyed by bombing in Syria’s Idlib province. It depicts George Floyd and the words “No to Racism. I Can’t Breathe” – words said to have been uttered by Floyd, 46, before he died.

Communities around the world – including New Zealand and Australia – horrified by Floyd’s death, have been both staging protests and creating artworks intended to commemorate the American over whose death four police officers have been charged.

In cities including Dublin, Milan, Berlin, Kabul and Toronto, sympathetic murals and artworks have appeared within the days since his death on 25 May.

Recently, however, several of the murals across the US are said to have been defaced by vandals. Street art in Boston, North Carolina and Florida has been painted over, with the artists vowing to repaint their work.

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