Though, it’s iconic, not many know about this powerful symbol that has stood the test of time. The symbol which consists of a circle and three lines, connected to hippies. It is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world.
The sign was created by Gerald Holtom for a specific event in 1958. The sign was used in signs and banners carried by people who were against the nuclear weapons at Aldermaston in London. The symbol was immediately adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). The symbol borrowed its design from the semaphore alphabet which is used by sailors to communicate with flags.
The symbol blends the letter ‘N’ and ‘D’ for ‘Nuclear Disarmament.”
The symbol was also used in the US during the civil rights movements. Though, it was originated for protest against nuclear weapons, it took a wider perception across the world and came into prominence.
People used it as a symbol for peace. This is how it was associated with anti-war protesters and young adults who were part of the counterculture movement.
The symbol can also be seen on Volkswagen vans during the 1960s. Since it was free from copyright, it was easy to use for anything. According to peace symbol historian Ken Kolsbun, the iconic symbol “came at the right time.”
“It also kept adapting, like a chameleon, taking on many different meanings for peace and justice,” he said.
It has never faded ever since, and in 2015, French artist Jean Jullien updated the symbol to represent solidarity after Paris bombings. He added the Eiffel Tower into the design and the world once again embraced the symbol.
Jullien said that he doesn’t fell ‘pride or happiness’ at how people supported his design but says he is ‘somehow glad people made use of it.”
There is no doubt that the symbol will be used in the coming years as well because of the unanimous support people have showered on it.