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The Making Of An Icon: How The "Peace For Paris" Sign Spread Around The World

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Amazing that no one had thought to combine these two images before. 

Jean Jullien, a 32-year-old French graphic designer and illustrator who created the image, says in a Skype interview that he was on the first day of vacation on Friday (at a location he declined to share), when he turned on the radio to a French station and learned of the tragic events. "I was deeply shocked, saddened, and confused," he says. "Because I’m an illustrator, drawing is my first natural reaction to communicate things in general."

Jullien took to ink and brush on paper and the resulting image is what he drew without any initial sketching. "I wanted to create a symbol of peace," Jullien says of the hand-drawn illustration that combines the Eiffel tower and the universal symbol of peace. "It was a raw reaction. It was the only thing I could think of doing and my way of expressing to all of my loved ones in Paris ... I was thinking about them," he says.

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