Shepard Fairey and his team are currently in Paris for the solo exhibition Earth Crisis at the Galerie Itinerrance (opening June 24). Shortly before the inauguration, the team painted 3 murals in the 13th district of the French capital.
In solidarity with Parisians and all mankind after the Paris attacks, they painted “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” (Freedom, Equality, Fraternity) which is the national motto of the French Republic.
450 “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” serigraphs (18 inches by 24 inches, signed and numbered) are available at the Galerie Itinerrance in Paris. Additionally, a very small portion will be available for purchase at ObeyGiant.com in the store. All proceeds will go to SOS RACISM.
The piece Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, was really just to show my support for Paris and France after the terrorist attacks. The French flag was not always seen as a symbol that supported all French people, rather like the flag of the United States. But right now, nations around the world are supporting France with their own recreations of the flag on monuments. I think it’s a nice symbol of unity.
It’s time to be united in love, not divided in fear. I think the place for a street artist or any artist right now is to try to connect on a very human level. I think their creativity brings people together. I’ve always believed in street art because it means the artist participates, rather than passively observing.