Artist Shepard Fairey was recently in South Africa with Hennessy where he completed a giant mural of Nelson Mandela in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. I have to say, I wasn’t quite sure how big his mural was going to be, or if this would be more of a brand exercise than anything else – I got a little excited when I heard he was coming to town, but after seeing the size of the mural, I’m incredibly impressed. It’s massive and the subject is Madiba. He also did a street art walk in parts of the CBD including Maboneng – keep an eye out for his Andre The Giant pieces, a bottle signing at Ant Est, he even played a DJ set. Below is one of three exclusive Shepard Fairey x Hennessy edits to come out of his visit.
I’m an advocate of human rights, justice, and equality, so it should be obvious why Nelson Mandela is a hero of mine. Some people seem confused by the use of purple and the slogan on my Mandela mural but they reference the anti Apartheid Purple Protest that you can read about here.