Thursday, February 2, 2012 , Updated 2:36 p.m., February 6, 2012
UPDATEDx2: Art in action: Shepard Fairey finishes Dallas murals
The three on Singleton Boulevard feature the messages "obey" and "rise above."
DALLAS In an effort to help resurrect West Dallas just before the famed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opens in early March, muralist Shepard Fairey is splashing color on several buildings in West Dallas. The first three murals shown here are visible from the soon-to-open bridge.
Fairey is the artist behind the Barack Obama "hope" poster made in 2008. While in Dallas, he will DJ and host an event at the Dallas Contemporary on Saturday night.
The Dallas Contemporary is also the site of yet another mural, which he began painting on Thursday. He has plans to paint a mural near the Oak Cliff barbecue joint Smoke, also. (He's staying next door at the Belmont Hotel.) Fairey has said he may also do an impromptu mural in Deep Ellum, but all that depends on time and weather. Rain could delay or cancel some tentative plans.
Check out a Q-and-A here where Fairey explains his intentions for the murals.
The first three murals are in West Dallas, which is Fairey's focus. They reside on Singleton Boulevard, with two on the walls of the building at 331 Singleton near the intersection at Beckley.
The quiet building was swathed in with color in Faire's first mural, which shows a woman meditating and the word "obey."
The second mural also depicts a woman, plus the message "rise above."
The third mural is across the street, also on Singleton Boulevard in West Dallas.
UPDATE: On Thursday, Fairey finished the mural on a wall of the Dallas Contemporary. It says "this has been called to your attention so you will know that it has not been overlooked" and then features the word "PEACE" in large letters underneath.
UPDATE x2: A mural at the Belmont Hotel by Fairey features stencil work made out of vinyl strips. Nearby on Manny Rodriguez's newly-acquired facility, a wheat-pasted mural is believed to have been done by Fairey also. Click on the last photo in the gallery below to see that mural.
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