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Remembering Shepard Fairey’s Boston Murals

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Detail from Shepard Fairey paper mural in Boston’s South End

While going through some photographs, I came across some shots I took in 2009 of Shepard Fairey murals that had been plastered onto various exterior brick walls around town. The one above is a detail from one at the corner of Rutland and Shawmut Streets in Boston’s South End. (My apologies for the weak quality of the photos.)

I know that many people, including the Boston Police Department, saw his putting up of these paper murals as acts of vandalism. I’m not going to argue with that, but I did (still do) think they were beautiful. I loved seeing them. At the time, I was still working in Harvard Square, and there were several of them there. There were a few more in my South End neighborhood.

Shepard Fairey mural

Shepard Fairey mural in Boston’s South End

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Shepard Fairey mural in Harvard Square next to The Tannery shop entrance

Shepard Fairey mural

Shepard Fairey mural in Harvard Square

Shepard Fairey mural

Detail of Shepard Fairey mural in Harvard Square

Shepard Fairey got a plea deal, avoiding felony charges for putting these up. You can read about that in WBUR’s Shepard Fairey: No Hard Feelings, Boston.

Shepard Fairy "VOTE" poster

Shepard Fairy “VOTE” poster in Boston’s South End

I recall there was a show of Shepard Fairey’s work at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) around that same time. I went with a friend—another artist—and we spent the day viewing the intricate graphic patterns up close and then stepping back to admire how they all came together to create a larger symbolic graphic image. I found the details of the designs so interesting to examine.

There are a few films out, such as Obey the Giantthat show him and his team putting up street projects, using stencils, razors and spray paint.

The murals seen above have all been gone for a number of years now. The mural in the first Harvard Square photo shown above (in the entryway to The Tannery) began to tear and peel. It looked as though it may have had some help getting peeled away. Eventually, it was a ragged mess. And then, gone.

Have a great weekend.


Paula Ogier Artworks

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Hi there. I’m Boston-based digital artist Paula Ogier. In this blog I write about about my art new works, projects in process, life in Boston, inspirations, ideas, and creative challenges. I live and work in Boston's South End neighborhood, in the enclave known as the SoWa Art + Design district. I'm fond of big cities, architecture, great imaginative spaces, food & drink, gardening, wandering around the city on foot, binge-watching well written shows, talking to cats, and of course, making and experiencing art. Artist website: Twitter: Paula Ogier Artworks My studio is at 450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 203.

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