George Harris set the flower power movement in motion with his gesture caught in a famous photo, putting flowers in rifles at the Pentagon Protest against the Vietnam war in 1967.

 

The man whose act of symbolism helped embolden the burgeoning flower power movement of the 1960s later became drag queen Hibiscus, one of the founders of the infamous San Francisco drag troupe the Cockettes. His action putting a flower in the barrel of a gun - captured by photographer Bernie Boston - became an iconic peace symbol seen around the world. He later performed with the Cockettes in San Francisco and New York before his death from Aids in 1982.

 

When you buy this poster, 20% of sales goes to Gays Against Guns working towards better gun laws across the US.

 

The drawing of Hibiscus is by Cat Willett, a Brooklyn-based artist holding her MFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Illustration. She works digitally and traditionally, and her drawings depict plant life and strong female figures, deeply rooted in history with a bit of whimsy. Her illustration work has been featured by Apple, Madison Square Garden, Doc Martens, the Museum of Arts and Design, and more.

 

"Working on the illustration of Hibiscus for this project was a privilege. Not only was I inspired by the story of the person behind such an iconic photo, but I also loved creating a piece to invoke all of the color and passion he embodied."

 

Available sizes: 16x20in (40.6x50.8cm) or 18x24in (45.7x61cm)

Hibiscus ~ the Flower Power Man

20,00 €Price