The famous peace symbol has been associated with the hippie culture and the flower child movement of the 70s. However, like the sky and the sea, this symbol, too, has a conception story and we bet that you might not have heard about it. Quite ironically, this symbol is the result of utter despair prevalent during World War II.
The peace symbol designed by Gerald Holtom.Clipartix
An illustrative image explaining the peace symbol.NY Times
Gerald Holtom is the designer of the symbol. It was later adapted to make ceramic lapel badges. Holtom explained how he conceived the idea to Peace News,
I was in despair. Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad. I formalised the drawing into a line and put a circle round it.
Designer of peace sign Gerald Holtom.Islington Tribune
Though attempts were made to beguile the meaning of the sign by propagating the idea that it is the devil’s sign, the symbol is still celebrated as the most powerful image designed for a secular cause.