A stunning tribute: Diana's face appears on Paris tunnel pillar she crashed into 21 years ago
The black and white artwork shows the princess smiling and wearing the jewelry that is now iconic, including her necklace and earrings
On the 21st anniversary of her death, a portrait of Princess Diana's face on the tunnel pillar where she met with her deadly car crash has come to the spotlight. The face of the late royal, who was known as the 'People's Princess' appeared overnight a month ago on the 13th pillar in the Pont de l'Alma Tunnel in Paris.
Many locals, tourists, and fans of Diana have been left in awe after the face of the princess was spotted on the concrete column. The major tunnel, that many vehicles commute through, is prohibited for pedestrians. The 'white blur', as it is now being called, has been hailed by everyone who sees it as a brilliant tribute to the late Princess of Wales.
Daily Star Online was able to learn that the 'white blur' was painted by a daring man who felt compelled to leave the beautiful tribute on the pillar where Diana lost her life. He told the publication how "people are not allowed to walk in this tunnel, it’s not made for them, it is strictly not allowed". He, however, decided to ignore the "no pedestrians" road sign and went in the early hours of the day to paint his masterpiece.
Hommage à la Princesse Diana dans le tunnel de l’Alma dans @Paris / Tribute to princess Diana in the Alma tunnel in paris#streetart #Paris #pontdelalma #tunnel #hommage #tribute #princessdiana #ladydiana #remember #ladydi #dianaspencer #graffiti #art #graffitiart #7nuit pic.twitter.com/PZOiW9uyhw— 7Nuit (@Art2Rue78) July 27, 2018
The black and white artwork shows the princess smiling and wearing the trademark necklace and earrings. The artist, who is only known as 7Nuit, told the publication that he "did it at 4 a.m. to be sure there were not a lot of cars" and that he was confident he would not get caught. He said: "I wanted to make a real tribute to Princess Diana. She was a good person who made beautiful things for people all around the world and she stays in memories and will long be unforgettable."
He then added: "I remember the day she died very clearly.. it was at the end of summer and I saw the news on TV. I could see people crying… it left me with a really sad feeling." The artist said he created the artwork on July 27 and believes it is still on the pillar on the day of her death anniversary. Commuters, however, can only spot the art when they drive through the tunnel.
August 31 will see many people paying their respects to the late princess at Kensington Palace a little more than two decades after she died along with her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul. The crash happened on August 31, 1997, which saw the Mercedes that the three of them were in colliding with the 13th pillar of the tunnel at 65mph with a pack of paparazzi hot on their tail.
An inquest in London into the tragic death revealed that the driver, Paul, lost control of the Mercedes at high speed while he was intoxicated and under the effects of prescription drugs. The ruling was that Diana and Dodi were "unlawfully killed" by Paul's "grossly negligent behavior".