Artists spread the love with hashtag #sprayforparis

Since the disgraceful Paris attacks on 13 November that left 130 people dead, France has been in mourning. As the world tries to make sense of what happened tributes to the attacks have been dominating social media. While journalists reported the attacks, the hashtag #prayforparis began to circulate the Internet, with watchers voicing condolences to the French. Various landmarks throughout the world have lit up with the French flag in honour of the terror victims, while the Eiffel Tower turned off its lights in mourning.

A new tribute has started throughout the world as French and international street artists are paying tribute to the cities spirit on Instagram using the hashtag #FluctuatNecMergitur (roughly translated in English to #sprayforParis) on their artwork. 

This is not the first use of art used to acknowledge the atrocities of the attacks. Earlier this month social media users posted tattoo tributes of their Eiffel Tower, French coat of arms and “Peace for Paris” tattoos. These graffiti artists are using the French colours of red, white and blue throughout their artwork on murals, buildings and street pavements in respect and bereavement.

One anonymous French street artist JP explained to CNN: “Art is not meant to change the world. But when you see people interacting, when you see an impact on their lives, then I guess in a smaller way, this is changing the world.” 

Here’s a roundup of the artwork.




Un graffiti en hommage aux morts et aux blessés des attentats du vendredi 13 novembre à Paris. #sprayforparis #halltimes

A photo posted by halltimestudio (@halltimestudio) on




#Strasbourg #SprayForParis #parisattacks

A photo posted by Patrick Baz (@patrickbaz) on




#Paris je t’aime #placedelarepublique #sprayforparis #streetart

A photo posted by @jrmic83 on