To honor the life and mourn the loss of George Floyd, many artists and activists alike have taken to art to express the immense grief and anger felt throughout their communities and the world. His death sent shockwaves throughout the world, and was a catalyst for many people’s deeper realization of the realities of police brutality and racism, both in the United States and abroad. Many unexpected places began protesting and joined the fight, and more murals are being created on walls the world over to memorialize George Floyd and ensure that the Black Lives Matter movement, which was taken up by many more people after Floyd’s tragic death, remains in the public consciousness.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was accused of killing George Floyd, found him guilty on all three counts faced: Second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin will be sentenced in the coming weeks.
Members and allies of the Black community were relieved that some measure of justice has been achieved for George Floyd. However, it is clear that there is still much work to be done. These large works of protest art promote solidarity, remembrance, and commitment to the causes of equality, justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Learn how to support the Black Lives Matter movement and become anti-racist.
Across the US, artists have responded to the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests with impactful and urgent work. Artworks have appeared supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and remembering the deaths of, among others, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and Eric Garner.