Shepard Fairey’s Biggest Mural To Date in Detroit
Shepard Fairey hadn’t been back to Detroit since 2003 when he had a show at the now closed C-Pop Gallery. But on May 22nd, Shepard returned to the Motor City with Library Street Collective to have a solo exhibition titled “Printed Matter”. Everyone was excited, and fans were already buzzing about “Obey” coming to Detroit, but the kicker to this show was that Fairey would be doing his largest mural to date on the back of The Compuware Building, centrally located in downtown Detroit.
The week leading up to the actual show would be a week full of Shepard knocking out a 185-foot wall, a smaller but still large mural down the street, and of course a water tower. Shepard also gave a talk to some local kids in front of his smaller mural, answering questions about being an artist and the kind of things to expect in the process of becoming an artist. Fairey was very supportive of the idea that art and a booming art scene are major components of the revitalization of a city, and that right now Detroit is a major player in the art world as it undergoes that process. He is certainly responsible for one of the craziest weeks and weekends in Detroit for 2015.
Video by Library Street Collective / Filmed and Directed by Chris Hersey
Photo’s and words by Sal Rodriguez /All photo’s copyright www.photo313.com