Shepard Fairey Artwork on Caesar’s Palace
Shepard Fairey is no stranger to putting his art on the side of buildings and his work in Las Vegas is a glitzy as the city itself.
Fairey was asked to create an image for the War for the Planet of the Apes movie, being promoted at last week’s CinemaCon Convention, where movie theater owners from around the world gather to share ideas.
The image, projected onto Caesar’s Palace, is the face of Caesar, the leader of the apes. It is 495’ wide and 261’ high. It took twelve projectors and over a football field length of cable to create.
“After reading Matt Reeve’s script,” Fairey said, “I was excited to work on art for War for the Planet of the Apes because the story presents a visceral but sophisticated dichotomy of dual perspectives on the struggle for survival. Unlike most films in which the audience immediately identifies with their fellow humans and the threat from the “other,” this film asks questions about compassion, empathy, and other traits that we usually only associate with humans.”
The movie opens on July 17.
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Shepard Fairey’s prints of minority Americans, held aloft and waved across the world on inauguration day, were as inspiring as his 2008 HOPE poster for the Obama presidential campaign.
His artistic sensibility, his use of clear, clean design gets his message across in subtle and, often ironic, ways. Lifeguard Not on Duty and Paradise Turns, both limited edition silkscreens on wood panel, have a special meaning for those of us fortunate enough to live close to sandy beaches along the coast.
The colors and graphics of each, at first glance, evoke a feeling of peace and nostalgia for the way we would like to think of a day at the beach. The threats to the pristine setting are very much of a part of the composition…so much so, that they become a part of the landscape.
“Question everything,” is the message Fairey says he wants to convey, “So I’m picking apart some of the symbols of Americana that a lot of times people just adhere to out of some idea of this vague abstract American dream, and the way that a lot of times politicians use these hollow symbols as a way to get people to get behind ideas that normally they probably wouldn’t support if they were deconstructed.”
Shepard Fairey is a master at combining wishful thinking and reality in his work.
Shepard Fairey Prints at VFA
Lifeguard Not on Duty and Paradise Turns are both available at VFA. Please contact us for more informal about these and other Shepard Fairey fine art prints available in our gallery.