Shepard Fairey is back in Paris where he just finished working on a new piece in the 13th district.
This is the second mural the artist completed in the Capital which was made possible with the support of the Galerie Itinerrance where Shepard will have his solo show opening on June 24th.
Entitled ‘Earth Crisis’ his work represents a mandala designed to provide a unified ornamental structure that evokes floral motifs and harmony with nature. Housed within the mandala’s shields are images that symbolise both threats to nature and incitement to respect it. The mandala images, composed of climate change and environmentally themed graphics, are positioned to raise awareness and provoke discussions about the Earth’s future. The colours used in the globe design connect blue and green of air, water, and vegetation that allow the earth to sustain life.
“My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations. I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand that we are facing an earth crisis” he explains.
The new work echoes his giant sphere that was suspended between the first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower, a call to action to address the global environmental crisis during the World Conference on climate change COP21.
”After a dismal day of several rain interruptions and one torrential downpour on Sat., we caught a break with a be’autiful day yesterday, and I was able to finish my Delicate Balance mural. This is the image from which my Eiffel Tower “Earth Crisis” globe installation evolved, so I’m very happy to have it existing as a permanent mural. Thanks to my crew and the crew from Galerie Itinerrance for helping to make this mural happen!
I also want to thank the residents of Paris District 13 for their warmth and enthusiasm toward my murals and public art in general”.
All photos by Jon Furlong