Art pick of the week: Shepard Fairey's Peace Tree

Instagram: Shepard Fairey's mural on the Line Hotel wall, Los Angeles (2014 INSTAGRAM)

Instagram: Shepard Fairey's mural on the Line Hotel wall, Los Angeles (2014 INSTAGRAM)

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Street artist Shepard Fairey has completed a commission to drape the side of New York's Line Hotel with a towering, ten-storey mural called Peace Tree.

Best known as the man behind street art's "OBEY" and "OBEY Giant" motifs, as well as the pre-presidential 2008 portrait of Barack Obama, emblazoned with the word "HOPE," Fairey assembled a three-man team to help him cover the property's side in 35ft x 100ft worth of red, black and gold.

On a site previously occupied by the Wilshire Hotel, Los Angeles, the mural bolsters the Line Hotel's reputation as a young, edgy property located in the city's vibrant Koreatown; it's backed by LA's king of street food, Kogi BBQ taco truck chief Roy Choi, who has two restaurants and a lobby bar within the complex.

"It's cool to be in the same place [as Roy]," Fairey wrote on Instagram. "The Line is only a couple blocks from our old studio space in the Wiltern Theater so it's nice to be back in the neighborhood."

The painting, completed over a couple of days, is part of an eight-city mural tour for Fairey and his crew. "I'm very happy with how it turned out," he wrote after it was finished.

A selection of Fairey's work can be seen in Chicago for the July 31 - August 4 show Art Alliance: The Provocateurs, timed to coincide with the Lollapalooza music festival, where he'll be appearing alongside over 40 other artists, including Space Invader, D*FACE, HAZE, C215, Camille Rose Garcia and Monica Canilao.

See a selection of Peace Tree mural images on Fairey's website at obeygiant.com/headlines/peace-tree-mural-complete-los-angeles.


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