All images courtesy of OBEY.
Heed the call. This week, Shepard Fairey continued in his resolute commitment to combating climate change with a new call-to-action artwork in grand scale. In anticipation of the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, where 200 of the world’s leaders will converge to secure agreement limiting greenhouse gas emissions, the South Carolina native unveiled a mega sphere entitled Earth Crisis. Visible from November 20-26, the giant piece hung between the first and second floors of the Eiffel Tower and was illuminated at night.
Commissioned by the Parisian Gallery Itinerrance, the installation, the first piece of street art to ever be hung from the international landmark, was emblazoned with Fairey’s signature iconography–an ecological-minded, geometric patterned mash up of caution, vigilance, and harmony.
“My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations,” says the artist. “I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand that we are facing an earth crisis.”
Suspended by cables, the massive globe tipped the scales at just over two tons, was eight meters in diameter and incorporated images that reflect on the real threats to our planet’s sustainability, and also advocate for supporting research and development for renewable “green” power sources.
“I think it is exciting that the globe provides different experiences for the viewer from a distance and up close while living in the heart of the Eiffel Tower,” says Fairey. “I hope the Earth Crisis Globe appeals visually, but also generates a needed conversation about the fate of our planet.”
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