Shepard Fairey & crew are in Venice, Italy working on some pieces that will help support the restoration of the city through SMS Venice. The completion of the murals arrive with the beginning of the Venice Biennale on June 7th. The SMS Venice flickr page has a full update here, the video below is from the Italian press.
From SMS Venice (translated through Google):
For the first time in Italy, Shepard Fairey work in Venice for two weeks, to create murals and works of art, which will finance the restoration promoted by SMS Venice, onlus dedicated to the preservation of artistic and architectural heritage of the city. Venice, May 22 2009 – THE HOPE has become the icon of the American new cycle, the street artist, known worldwide for having created the image of the campaign of Barack Obama, arrives in Venice with his art and his works.
For the first time in Italy Shepard Fairey work in Venice for two weeks from May 24 to June 7, to create murals and works of art. The works that will achieve Shepard will fund the restoration of Venice Venice promoted by SMS (www.smsvenice.com) onlus dedicated to the preservation of artistic and architectural heritage of the city. The American artist dipingerà the sheets to cover the scaffolding of a number of sites including that of New Procuratie in San Marco and realize itinerant paintings, whose sales will help to fund the restoration promoted by the Foundation.
His posters pop bright colors, with references to certain styles of street art, have become all over the world the clearest signal of the new deal obama. Shepard Fairey has now decided to confront the historical and artistic heritage of a unique city like Venice. The project was born from an idea of Marialina Marcucci and Fran Tomasi, which will also the artistic director of events. The career of Shepard Fairey is a dedicated staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Shepard Fairey will be happy to meet with the press on 28 May 2009 from 14.30 at the Incubator, Giudecca 212, Redentore stop, Venice. You need credit to be made no later than May 26. For accreditation, please contact Porter Novelli Report (laura.valli rpn.it @ – @ veronica.fano rpn.it)
Shepard will conduct live some works, a unique opportunity to follow it live!
May 30 St. Mark’s Live preformance 11-16
May 31 Santa Margherita Live preformance 11-16
03 June Palazzo Querini Dubois maxiaffissione
03 June Palazzo Cà Corner Queen maxiaffissione
03 June afternoon live performance, cabin Enel Magazzini Ligabue
04 June afternoon and San Vio San Pantalon Performance Street Artists
June 05 Accademia di Belle Arti morning 10 afternoon meeting with the artist and live performance