You may have noticed the monstrous mural located right in the heart of Grove street while browsing and sampling the fine products of the local farmer’s markets and artisan booths. If you’re wondering who the man behind the dynamic piece is, meet renowned artist Shepard Fairey.
Even if you don’t know anything about him, you will probably recognize the famous poster he created during President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Titled “HOPE”, it has become an iconic image amongst the grassroots public for social movement. He continued this trend of political activism through art with the Mandela mural and satirical Honest Gil Fulbright poster.
As an activist and humanitarian, it makes sense Mayor Fulop was ecstatic when Shepard began creating art within Jersey City to support the growing art scene.
“I’ve had friends in Jersey City for many years and there has always been a lot of creative people here but I’m inspired by the surge of creative support and cultural emphasis that seems to be especially vibrant with the new mural program. The mural is designed to symbolize the renaissance and the cultural wave that Jersey City is riding while also acknowledging its waterfront location and the beauty and power of Mother Nature. I’m a huge believer in the power of public art and grateful to Mayor Fulop for supporting my work as well as public art in general.”
Jersey City Wave during the construction process
Fairey also completed this mural “Natural Springs” located on 581 Monmouth earlier this year