Artist Shepard Fairey Unveils Massive Mural in Detroit


Detroit has become a little more colorful, thanks to new mural from renowned street artist Shepard Fairey. More and 180 feet tall and 60 feet wide, the mural is not only Fairey’s largest work to date but an encapsulation of his signature style. Consisting of a pattern in his trademark red, black and tan, it retains the bold yet simple look that Fairey is known for. In the center of the mural is his “Obey” logo — a scowling face inside a star, which in this case seems to peer over downtown Detroit.

The city has become something of a citywide campus for Fairey. In addition to the mural on the east side of the Compuware building, his work is currently appearing on a billboard looming over East Grand River, a nearby water tower and in several small, temporary murals along the artsy area known as The Belt. An exhibit of his work, “Printed Matters” runs at the city’s Library Street Collective through the end of August.

“Everyone here is so enthusiastic,” Fairey told The Detroit News. “In Detroit, street art isn’t seen as vandalism, but as an enhancement.”


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