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'Hunger Games' Mockingjay Pin Designed in Brooklyn

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.