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What makes a famous American artist to create a particularly large and patriotic street in the capital of France, Paris? And why do politicians love her so much?
Paris prides on being the only city in the world to have three works by the wonderful artist OBEY or by his real name Shepherd Fairy – within walking distance! The three works are located in the Thirteenth District of Paris, which in recent years has become a colorful gallery of large-scale street art thanks to the head of the quartet Jerome Floor.
This time we will share with you the story of one of the most prominent works in the borough, which is Obi of course, and he prepared it as a gift from him to the city, when he created a very patriotic-French work.
Wait a minute, who is it anyway? Artist Shepherd Fairy began to create street art while he was an art student in 1989, he began distributing stickers with the close-up of “The Giant Andre” boxer and called himself “Obey Giant” following this work. Andre the Giant was an oversized French boxer who also played here and there, and was famous mainly in the 1970s and 1980s. Incidentally, the face of the giant Andre inside a star is his symbol to this day. Obey says that the little sticker has become a real campaign, aimed at getting people to rethink their environment and our relationship with each other. Let’s face it – this was a pre-Internet era and social networking, and such underground messaging (via stickers!) Was the talk of the day.
Over the years Obey has become very famous, today he mainly creates pieces of permission, which are also worth a lot of money, and also has a wine line around the world. Maybe you can recognize his unique style from the 2008 US election, in which Obey designed Barack Obama’s famous poster that reads “HOPE.” The poster, with its color games, became very much in tune with Obama and Obey, and of course he was imitated and inspired. Today, Obey’s creations are mainly distributed to the social network on Instagram, and his work receives an aura of followers and fans just waiting for it.
Obey’s spoken piece in Paris, made so much noise that Jerome Coumet, himself the head of the borough, came to knock on Selfie with the artist, the excitement was great both because of the content of the piece and why it was made!
If you look at the piece you can identify three particularly French elements, attributed to the French society and nation for centuries – the first is of course the French flag colors, red white and blue, which are spread at the back of the piece. The other, perhaps a little less obvious, is the three words written in black above the flag – this is the French motto known as “Liberty Shivin Fraternity”. The third and lesser known element is the female character at the center of the work, this is the mythical character Marian.Marian is the symbol of France, or rather France embodied in human form, this woman appears on different faces throughout history, but always represents the power of the French Republic and actually reinforces the other two symbols – the tricolor and the French motto. Marianne is represented differently in each performance, sometimes she is black-haired, sometimes blonde – it doesn’t matter, because she is every woman. If you ask us, there is a lot of beauty in the fact that the emblem of the country is a female figure, and this has been the case for years, even from the days of the painter AjJain Delacroix.
So what made Obey make such a patriotic creation for a country that is not his nation at all? Great question that many still asked, some of the speculation was that Obey received a very fine sum for this piece from the Paris municipality, other rumors said he just very much liked the culture of France, but the real reason is a traumatic event that happened in France in 2015.
November 2015 attacks in Paris, which occurred at several points in the city, including the Batclan Club, two cafes, the Stadium de France, were a turning point in the French reference to the global situation. Not only did these attacks take a heavy toll on casualties, the shock and fear that engulfed the city and state were precedent. Paris was heavily influenced by these events and changed her forever. Obey felt empathy and pain in light of what had happened and decided to prepare a work as a gift to Paris, in order to encourage the spirits and raise a global awareness of what had happened. Indeed, as soon as such a well-known artist makes such an impressive work, the whole world knows about it.
An interesting fact about the work, which is proudly based on a tall building (and the best vantage point is from the metro), is that not only Jerome Kuma, head of the borough, loves her very much, but also French President Ammonel Macron, was excited about the gesture and of course loved her so much So it’s up to him in the presidential office!
Hope we were able to encourage you a bit more on a vacation in the most beautiful city in the world, and even explore its urban and new sides and not just the classics (whose dignity is in place!). If you liked this article, please share it and write us your thoughts! Want to read more? Enter the page of the 13th Paris Gallery here and continue to browse our blog, which is full of graffiti and street art content in Israel and around the world.
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