Is it suggesting an hourglass and the Earth? Is it based on the Native American Lakota’s symbol of the sun and earth. Or is the Extinction Symbol just a catchy icon?
Whatever the answer, the Extinction Symbol, created by London artist ‘ESP’ has cemented its place amongst the most famous counterculture emblems.
Its impact is reminiscent of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament logo, created by British designer Gerald Holtom in the 1950’s – better known as the ‘Peace Symbol’, and even the ‘Smiley’ of the 1980’s rave culture.
The Extinction Symbol was created back in 2011, long before the current Extinction Rebellion movement, the symbol initially struggled to gain traction and was was even rejected by nearly 20 environmental groups.