In 1963, Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, wrote to a local member and artist to say that her design, a candle in barbed wire, had been chosen for Amnesty’s first ever Christmas card because of “its simplicity and the effectiveness of its symbolism”.
The artist was Diana Redhouse, who died in October 2007, aged 84.
The logo combines two recognisable images to convey complex notions: barbed wire communicates oppression, while a burning candle evokes hope. It was inspired by the Chinese proverb, “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness”.
- The meaning of the Amnesty candle
- Artist found it better to light a candle
- Amnesty International on Wikipedia