|Shepard Fairey's aides hard at work on a stencil at Wynwood Walls|
Wait, did we say the mural will "incorporate" Tony Goldman? We meant it will star Tony Goldman. He is set to the be epicenter of the gargantuan piece of art, beaming out at audiences, arms outstretched and cowboy hat on head, with golden beams of light stretching out on either side of him. Amidst the psychedelic, modge-podge homage to other free-spirited leaders, Goldman looks like a Ken Kesey figure. And in the art world of Wynwood, in fact, that's exactly what he is.
"Tony and other figures in the Wynwood neighborhood have put something in motion here," said Fairey. "This neighborhood is in the middle of an amazing transformation. Once the energy is there, it's a snowball effect."
Prior to Goldman's death, there had been casual talks about creating a new mural, Fairey explained. But after his passing he recognized that it was important to do it now.
"Normally street art is looked at as evidence of a neighborhood in decline," he said. "Tony looked at it differently, and he created an environment that shows it to be evidence of a neighborhood in ascent."
|Tony Goldman? Ken Kesey? Maybe a little bit of both.|
Shepard Fairey's mural will be available for public viewing during Art Basel week at Wynwood Walls, 2550 NW 2nd Ave.
2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL