“MAKE POVERTY HISTORY” by Julian Beever – July 2005 Edinburgh, Scotland
Julian Beever is an English chalk artist who has been creating chalk drawings on pavement since the mid-1990s that create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the right location. This Make Poverty History drawing was requested by the organizers of Live8 to support their “pressure campaign” on the G8 in Edinburgh. On Saturday 2nd July 2005 over 225,000 people took to the streets of Edinburgh to call on world leaders to act at the G8 summit. It was the biggest ever anti-poverty demonstration to date.It created space for many people with many different talents to contribute to the cause. Julian Beever was only one artist who was asked to participate and make a statement though art. Important steps were enacted but poverty still continues to this day and deserves more action and attention in order for it to truly become history.