Last time we heard from street artist, campaign poster designer, and branding guru Shepard Fairey, he was making an artwork for every song on the new Neil Young album, but this weekend he surfaced in Paris, where he created a giant OBEY mural going up the exterior wall of a 14-story building in the 13th arrondissement.
It took Fairey and three assistants from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon working with two cranes to complete the large painting at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc Street and Vincent Auriol Boulevard, Libération reported. The work features a woman’s portrait against a jet black backdrop in its lower-left-hand corner, and a lotus-like flower on a red background in its upper-right-hand corner.
The section of the 13th arrondissement where Fairey painted his new mural is in a state of upheaval because of a major redevelopment. Not incidentally, it’s also a thriving open air street art gallery — eight other large-scale murals are peppered throughout the neighborhood. Next up will be a piece by the Portuguese artist Vilhs.
In the meantime, here’s a trailer for Fairey’s new mural:
— Benjamin Sutton
(Photo: Butterfly, via Libération)