This image, for anyone who have been in on social media probably have seen it, shared it or endorsed it. This image, known as “Peace for Paris” was originally a simple illustration, a raw reaction created by illustrator Jean Jullien that have now became a icon and a symbol for hope.

This simple yet powerful black-and-white ink drawing of a peace sign collage with the Eiffel Tower popped up online yesterday and and since been liked, shared, retweeted all over the world as people attempt to grasp and cope with this tragedy. Internationally, people have been using social media to show their support for the French #prayforparis, and some, to the world #prayfortheworld.

The symbol’s creator awoke Saturday morning to discover that it had gone viral. And as an illustrator, his “first reaction was to draw.” What he produced was a raw, minimal art that resonates with the world.

“I shared it online as a reaction, not really thought through at all.”

“Peace for Paris” had been liked by over 1.3 million people and have seen it appear on signs, memorials and even T-shirts.

“The idea was just for people to have a tool to communicate, and to respond and to share solidarity and peace. It seems that’s what most people got out of it. So in that sense, if it was useful for people to share and communicate their loss and need for peace, then that’s what it was meant to be.”

And indeed, this is what art is meant to be. A tool to communicate and share powerful and raw emotions – and in this case, solidarity and peace.

Imagine, a peaceful world full of hugs and happiness. Like Jean Jullien, other artists have also started communicating their feels with what they do best. Here is a video of a man playing “Imagine” by John Lennon on a piano near the Bataclan.

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Original interview by NPR:

By: Delia Chang

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