When I met Mehdi from Galerie Itinerrance in Paris at the Mausolee exhibition, little did I know that we would be involved in an ambitious project with Shepard Fairey a few weeks later. Working jointly with the Mairie of 13th district and the local community on a project called Street Art 13, they help regenerate the area by providing big walls to talented artists. After seeing this massive 14 storey building, I joined the project and we agreed that it would be awesome to have an Obey mural in Paris. Luckily Shepard Fairey was not only interested, but also wanted to paint the wall instead of putting paste-ups. So exciting!!!
Shepard and the Obey Giant team are operating on a very tight schedule, in between the opening of the Levi’s Store in the Champs Elysees and the temperamental weather. So French artists Sowat and Kan from DMV crew, Mehdi and myself can’t resist joining in to help for the first layer of red.
Shepard begins his stencil process, and the woman’s face starts to take shape.
The mural design is taken from Obey’s artwork called Rise Above Rebel.
Shepard Fairey’s mural is located on 93 rue Jeanne d’Arc, 75013 Paris.
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Here is a timelapse video by Mahmoud Belakhel