Shepard Fairey has just completed a large mural on the streets of Paris, France, which continues his ongoing project there titled, “Earth Crisis.” The project has included an installation, murals, fine art, and prints, all of which are centered on the imposing environmental crisis that we are facing on a global scale. This recent mural, painted in District 13, is of a mandala with imagery that symbolize 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 colors used in the globe design connect blue and green of air, water, and vegetation that allow the earth to sustain life.
The ongoing Earth Crisis project is made possible by Galerie Itinerrance. Building on Earth Crisis, Fairey approached this new body of work keeping in mind different ways to engage people through art. He created a series of six letterpress prints that will be available along with the fine art and sculpture pieces for the Earth Crisis exhibition opening this Friday, June 24 at Galerie Itinerrance in Paris, located at 24bis boulevard du Général Jean Simon 75013. The prints and fine art continue to address and spark conversations about protecting the planet through the powerful environmentally-themed art. Proceeds will be donated to support global environmental organization – 350.org.
“The installation, the murals, the fine art, and the prints – they are all different platforms to put across the message that we are facing an earth crisis. I think that art is a way to engage people. Art can initiate conversations when other media fails. If a viewer likes my mural, if they like my installation, like my art pieces, that may make them consider what the image is addressing. This new body of work reflects on and builds upon, my entire history of environmentally-themed art. I hope that it appeals visually AND sparks the needed conversation about protecting our planet for future generations.”
(photos © Lionel Belluteau)