Blues for George Stencil Series

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Title

Blues for George Stencil Series

Creator

Seitu Jones

Coverage

University Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Date

Created June 2020; Documented June 2020

Contributor

Heather Shirey and David Todd Lawrence

Description

A stenciled portrait of George Floyd, focusing on his face, painted in shades of blue on various wall surfaces. These works are located along the University Avenue corridor in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the epicenter of the June 2020 uprisings in Saint Paul.

Abstract

Seitu Jones created a stencil portrait of George Floyd and made it available on his website. He encouraged others to create stencils from his template and to then paint the image around the world using various shades of blue. He also asked people to share their images on social media. In this way, the portrait of George Floyd, a specific and individual man killed by the police, was transformed into an iconic image representing a movement. In June 2020 Floyd's image came to stand as a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement as people throughout the world demanded justice, police accountability, and an end to racially motivated violence.

Source

Seitu Jones's instructions for the Blues for George Stencil 

Seitu Jones's website 

Tina Tavera on MPR's Art Hounds

Blues for George in the Urban Art Mapping George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art Database 

Publisher

M2M

Rights

Artist: Seitu Jones

Identifier

M2M_0012