|Artist Shepard Fairey poses in front of what will soon be a massive rendering of the late Tony Goldman. |
We stopped by Wynwood Walls
yesterday to take a peek at Shepard Fairey's latest work in progress and chat with the artist himself. The massive mural, which encompasses almost the entirety of the Walls' entry courtyard, will be officially introduced during Art Basel next week.
The new piece is being created as an homage to Tony Goldman, the visionary developer, restauranteur, and founder of Wynwood Walls who passed away in September.
"I'm happy to celebrate what Tony has done for so many artists," said Fairey.
Fairey and his crew began work on the mural Tuesday, and when we arrived yesterday the wall was in the midst of a total transformation. Massive, partially-cut stencils weaved along the wall like an ambiguous skeleton, telling only a partial tale of the finished product.
The new piece is replacing the original Fairey mural that has awed visitors to Wynwood Walls for three years. Whereas the politically-charged first mural was more about "peace and harmony," Fairey explained, the second mural is all about "celebration and inspiration."
|Yep, that's the Dalai Lama, and David Bowie further down at the top.|
He let us have a sneak peak at a digital rendering of the final mural, which features several individuals that he and Tony Goldman were both inspired by, said Fairey. By "individuals," we mean the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and David Bowie. And of course, the mural will incorporate Tony Goldman himself.