Protests have rocked cities around the world following the death of George Floyd, an African American man who repeatedly gasped “I can’t breathe” as one of four Minneapolis police officers, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck. The day after Floyd’s death, all four officers were fired, and, on Friday, Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder.
In the days since, murals honoring Floyd have cropped up around the world, from Berlin to Los Angeles. In Minneapolis, at the corner of 38th street and Chicago Avenue, a 20-by-six-foot mural appears on a brick wall outside of the Cup Foods store where Floyd died. The work was painted by Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, Niko Alexander, and Pablo Hernandez, according to Hyperallergic.
“Our idea was to depict Floyd not as a martyr but as a social justice hero,” Herrera told the site.
Floyd’s face appears surrounded by a sunflower, the center of which is filled in with the names of other black Americans who have died at the hands of police officers. In the block letters of his name, silhouettes of protesters raise fists in solidarity. At the bottom of the mural, the words “I can breathe now” are written in small white letters.
While the protests surrounding police brutality have been centered in the US, street art honoring Floyd has appeared in Barcelona, Berlin, and even the war-torn city of Binnish, Syria, where artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun painted Floyd’s face with the words “NO TO RACISM” on a lone cement pylon.