Worldwide icon-chevron-right From Berlin to Syria, street artists are honouring George Floyd
George Floyd mural in Minneapolis
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From Berlin to Syria, street artists are honouring George Floyd

As mass protests over Floyd’s death continue, powerful tributes are cropping up all over the world

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Rising amid a sea of cards, placards and bouquets, George Floyd stands tall and defiant against an outsize sunflower. The names of other black men and women killed by US law enforcement fill the flower’s centre, while a note at the bottom reads simply: ‘I can breathe now.’

This dazzling mural – by artists Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, Niko Alexander and Pablo Hernandez – appeared last week on the Minneapolis store outside which Floyd was killed by police on May 25. Video footage had shown officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, while Floyd repeated ‘I can’t breathe’.

Since Floyd’s violent death, protests that started in the US city have spread across the country and around the world. And following the Minneapolis street artists’ lead, taggers in almost every corner of the globe have been honouring Floyd with huge public murals. From a Belgian train scrawled with ‘please, I can’t breathe’ to a show of solidarity from two artists amid the ruins of Idlib in Syria, here are some of the most powerful works we’ve seen.

Naples, Italy

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Berlin, Germany 

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Idlib, Syria

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Ghent, Belgium

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Glasgow, UK

Barcelona, Spain

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nantes, France

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Santa Barbara, California, USA

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Manchester, UK

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Paris, France

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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