Creativity 50 2015

Creativity 50 2015: Jean Jullien


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Jean Jullien proved how a work of spontaneous artistic expression, straight from the heart, could become a global symbol of hope. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the London-based artist used brush and ink to quickly circumscribe a circle around a silhouette of the Eiffel tower, creating a powerful remix of the traditional peace sign. Seemingly at once, the world embraced "Peace for Paris" as a rallying cry of strength and solidarity -- in the days following the tragedy, its presence was ubiquitous on social media, publications, even on T-shirts.

The work got Mr. Jullien widespread attention from Wired to The New York Times to The Guardian, but "I didn't do it to benefit from it in any way," he told Wired. "It was my way of communicating with the people I know and showing that I was thinking about everyone affected in Paris. The fact that people shared it and used it, well, in a way, that's all for the better. It's an image for everyone … I'm glad that it's been useful."

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