'Hunger Games' Mockingjay Pin Designed in Brooklyn
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The Mockingjay pin — an iconic image from The Hunger Games trilogy and film — has its roots in Brooklyn.
Pratt Institute design professor Tim O'Brien illustrated the image of the golden bird that serves as a symbol of hope for The Hunger Games, a wildly popular work of young adult fiction by Suzanne Collins.
In the film released in March, 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen wears a mockingjay broach bearing O'Brien's design into battle after being chosen to represent her district in the Hunger Games, a nationally televised battle to the death.
The mockingjay icon is now the center of a worldwide advertising campaign for the film, which is plastered on bus stops, yellow cabs, and billboards all over New York City.
"It is incredible to watch the illustration I created for The Hunger Games used all over the world," O'Brien said in a statement. "Seeing the image everywhere is a real 'pinch me' moment."
The movie has raked in more than $300 million, including $155 million in its opening weekend.