#WithSyria: Graffiti king Bansky uses art to mark third anniversary of Syrian war

Published March 12th, 2014 - 02:41 GMT

With the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict fast approaching, people all over the world are deciding how to mark the occasion, but it seems that reclusive UK graffiti artist Banksy has pipped most to the post.

Secretive artist Banksy has breathed new life into one of his most celebrated pieces of artwork to observe the upcoming third anniversary of the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.

According to the BBC, Banksy's famous image of a young girl with a balloon will be projected onto various international landmarks on 13 March, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Nelson's Column in London.

The iconic image will serve to promote #withsyria, a campaign to rally support for victims of the vicious conflict.

The graffiti was first displayed as a stencil in London in 2002, according to the BBC.

In a statement on his website, the artist referenced 15 children who were detained by the Assad regime in 2011 - when the conflict was first beginning - for writing pro-democracy graffiti, the BBC reported.

The protests in Syria, which first took place in the south of the country, led to an outbreak of demonstrations that quickly turned violent and morphed into a civil war, killing more than 130,000 people and displacing millions from their homes in three years of fighting.

Thursday will see a "global recreation" of the Banksy artwork, with red balloons being released simultaneously in squares around the world to mark the conflict's anniversary, the BBC reported.

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