Barcelona street art installation calls for peace in Gaza


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An installation by Colomina, which depicts two children holding hands, one of them wearing a Jewish kippah and the other a Palestinian keffiyeh, is seen in Barcelona on Feb 8. Photo: AFP

An art installation calling for an end to fighting in Gaza and peace between Israelis and Palestinians by French street artist James Colomina popped up on Thursday on downtown Barcelona's Ramblas boulevard.

Titled The Children Of Peace, it features statues - painted entirely in Colomina's hallmark bright red - of two children, one wearing a Jewish kippah and the other a Palestinian keffiyeh as headdress, holding hands.

A child (right) hugs the installation created by Colomina in Barcelona. Photo: AFPA child (right) hugs the installation created by Colomina in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

They stand in front of a white canvas displaying a heart shape containing the peace symbol, all made with red hand prints.

"This is asking for peace between the two peoples," said pensioner Renee Sanchez, 67, as she walked by. "That's what we all want. Let everyone live their lives and forget about so much hatred."

Colomina, who was not present at the site, told Reuters that he chose Barcelona because it was a "city where street art shines out to the world".

A pedestrian at Las Ramblas in Barcelona walks past life-size statues of an installation entitled 'The Children Of Peace', created by Colomina and representing the hope of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photo: ReutersA pedestrian at Las Ramblas in Barcelona walks past life-size statues of an installation entitled 'The Children Of Peace', created by Colomina and representing the hope of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photo: Reuters

The display was removed by construction workers after about four hours.

Colomina's red statues of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a toy tank have appeared in playgrounds in various parks around the world, such as New York City's Central Park, London's Regent's Park or Rome's Villa Borghese gardens. - Reuters

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