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Iconic Symbols 2016-2017 By Jackson Shuri

Iconic Symbols 2016-2017 By Jackson Shuri

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Before man learned about words and letters, he used different drawings and pictures to communicate stories and narratives to other people. Certain drawings or pictures were commonly used to connote particular things, thus symbols were born. Through the years, people all over the world have used symbols to mean many different things. They have become an easy way to point out an ideology, to express an abstract thought or even to denote a group or community who share the same goals.

Mixed Media on canvas
52’’ x 52’’
2016

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Iconic Symbols 2016-2017
Thoughts Behind Iconic Symbols:
Before man learned about words and letters, he used different drawings and pictures to communicate stories and narratives to other people. Certain drawings or pictures were commonly used to connote particular things, thus symbols were born. Through the years, people all over the world have used symbols to mean many different things. They have become an easy way to point out an ideology, to express an abstract thought or even to denote a group or community who share the same goals.

The peace sign
This symbol was born in the UK about 50 years ago. It was used in anti-nuclear protests in Trafalgar Square in London. The sign was taken from the semaphores, or flag symbols, for “N” and “D” (which are the first letters in “Nuclear” and “Disarmament”) and the circle was drawn to connote the world or the earth. The symbol then became prominent in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when Americans used it for anti-war protests. It has since become one of the few symbols used for counter-culture groups and many protesters worldwide.

Circle
Circle is one of the most ancient, universal sacred symbols. It has held spiritual connotations for nearly all cultures world-wide and seen as symbolizing the concept of cosmic unity and eternal, infinite nature of existence. Circle is also considered to represent the heavenly bodies like the sun, the moon and the earth, and embody their divine energy. The Circle has had a huge influence on symbology. It has inspired and has been included in many symbols from diverse cultures.

Yin-Yang
The ubiquitous yin-yang symbol holds its roots in Taoism/Daoism, a Chinese religion and philosophy. The yin, the dark swirl, is associated with shadows, femininity, and the trough of a wave; the yang, the light swirl, represents brightness, passion and growth. Notice how the artist plays with the colors to mess with you accustomed visualization of this symbol.

GYE NYAME "except for God"
This is the symbol of the supremacy of God This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana. It is by far the most popular for use in decoration, a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people

NKYINKYIM "twisting"
This is these symbol of initiative, dynamism and versatility.