Fairey Returns to Theme of Oil and Corporate Influence with "Empire State of Mind"
This Tuesday, Shepard Fairey is set to release a new print entitled "Empire State of Mind" It plays on familiar themes of oil dependence and corporate influence in politics to maintain the status quo.Here's a snippet of what Shepard had to say about the print:
The print is inspired by, but not based on, the Empire State Building.
Industrial power has been a point of pride in America since the early 20th century, and many impressively iconic, if monolithic, architectural landmarks have been erected as symbols of industrial and American dominance. The Chrysler building, the General Electric building, the Sears Tower, and the Empire State Building come to mind. Dominant industrial forces may build great monuments to their success, but those physical manifestations of their power and ego often correlate to the dangerously disproportionate influence they have on politics and policy. America has had an empire state of mind for the last 100 plus years, but the dangers of thinking the world is ours to dominate and plunder are staring us in the face. The flame on top of this building is not a torch of glory, but a fire of reckless over-consumption This Empire State of Mind print is about the volatility of giving an industry with too much power the ability to manipulate politics in its favor despite the dangers to the environment and climate change.
Drop Details: The print is an edition of 450 and measures 18x24. It will be signed and numbered, and cost $45. It will go on sale on Tuesday, May 20 at 1PM EST. Good Luck!