Shepard Fairey to Paint Anti-War Mural in Silver Lake

Baller Art Ware invites the Echo Park muralist and provocateur to leave a message.


There's fresh red paint on the shed outside the Baller Art Ware on Tracy Street in Silver Lake.

It's freshly painted because on Monday Shepard Fairey and his team will create a new mural there.

It will say "Make Art, Not War," in white letters reversed out of the red background.

The photo above is a mock up.

Baller manager Carol Blanding invited Fairey to paint the piece through his best friend, who she has known for many years.

Fairey is also a Baller customer, stopping by for paints and other materials on occasion.

A long-time Silver Lake resident, Blanding knew the busy commuter traffic on Hyperion Avenue would make sure the message wasn't lost on folks.

The building's owners have also approved the installation.

AND TELL US: What do you think of this new mural going up along changing Hyperion Avenue?  Do you have any advice for Fairey?

Dion Neutra February 23, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Will be intereseting to see if grafitti providers treat this work better than what they've done to my dad's self portrait opposite Rockaway Records on Glendale Blvd. Over time they've obliterated the lower part of that. Police seem impotent. I'm recording this in my book series "The Neutras, Then & Later" available on Amazon. Dion Neutra, architect AIA, FISD 2440 Neutra Place Los Angeles, CA. 90039 Phone/Fax: 323 666 1806 Website: www.neutra.org E-mail: dion@neutra.org
samarkand February 23, 2013 at 08:07 PM
This is a step in the right direction. If Fairey were truly antiwar, though, he wouldn't have supported someone like Obama, who has been expanding war and civilian-killing drone strikes into multiple lands. (But didn't Obama end the war in Iraq? Sure, if you count his unsuccessfully trying to renegotiate Bush's Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq -- in order to allow more troops to stay there -- as "ending" that war. And of course, he escalated our involvement in Afghanistan by raising troop levels 50%, and thousands of NATO troops are slated to remain even after we "withdraw.") In announcing his support for Obama's reelection in 2012, Fairey wrote: "I could go on and on about the flaws of the system itself, but short of a violent revolution (which I don't advocate), the only way to improve the governance of the country, and the system itself, is to vote people in who will make positive changes for government and for the people."
samarkand February 23, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I, too, would not advocate violent revolution, but there's this little thing that was behind phenomena like the Civil Rights Movement, the Indian Independence Movement, and the Polish Solidarity Movement called nonviolent resistance -- which doesn't depend on simply voting for the lesser of two evils. Sometimes the political system is so ossified and corrupted that you have to work outside of how it is currently set up. Given our present militarism, the domination of our political system by wealthy elites, and growing economic inequality, now is such a time in America. Hopefully, the now relatively-dormant Occupy Movement was just a first phase in a nonviolent movement to bring us to a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable society. Mr. Fairey would do well to lend his talents to such efforts, and not be so wedded to politicians who stand in the way.
Jean Marie Mink March 01, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Shepherd Fairey supports sweatshop labor in China, and whines that he has to.
CAROLANN March 01, 2013 at 11:48 PM


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