Shepard Fairey created some new art for a new time
Shepard Fairey’s stenciled image of Obama’s face over the word “Hope” became an iconic symbol of an election we’ll never forget. Now, Fairey is back with some new art for a new administration — this time, the art carries a new message of hope.
This image will eternally be part of the story of the 2008 election — when Obama ushered in a new era of hope.
Today, The Amplifier Foundation took out a full page ad in The Washington Post, that showcases Fairey’s new work. The new campaign is called, “We The People,” and the ad itself can be used as a poster to send a message on Inauguration Day and beyond.
“In 2008, I viewed Obama as an inspiring speaker and leader but also someone who would potentially help push progress on a number of issues that I care about. Many of those issues were about basic human dignity and fairness,” Fairey told The Washington Post. “I think that this campaign is similar in its appeal to human dignity and fairness, but different in that the subjects are not people who have aspirations as leaders. They are any and all of us.”
The Amplifier Foundation, which describes itself as “a visual media experiment dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements through art and community engagement,” started an online fundraiser to launch the campaign. It raised 1.3 million dollars.
The organization is distributing the art today for free, at various places throughout D.C. You can see a full list of locations on their website.
“All We The People Art is now FREE to the Public,” a post on The Amplifier Foundations Facebook page reads. “This art is for EVERYONE and we want EVERYONE to have it now so you can start printing it, pasting it, pinning it to your wall, wearing it on your head, make a paper airplane . . . share it, wear it, however your heart desires. (Just please don’t sell it– this art is free for everyone).”
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