Shepard Fairey: Natural Springs
Mana Contemporary has partnered with renowned street artist Shepard Fairey and Jonathan LeVine Gallery to create a special long-term installation, the latest addition to the Mana Urban Arts Project.
Mana Contemporary recently partnered with renowned street artist Shepard Fairey (also known as OBEY GIANT) to create one of his most monumental works to date.
Natural Springs, part of a long-term collaboration between Mana Contemporary, Fairey, and Jonathan LeVine Gallery, measures 147 feet wide and 47 feet tall, and took Fairey and his crew five days and 200 cans of spray paint to complete. The mural is part of the Mana Urban Arts Project at the Ice House, a 100,000-square-foot former ice factory at 581 Monmouth Street in Jersey City, NJ, and is visible to millions of drivers traveling between Jersey City and Manhattan via the Holland Tunnel. The long-term installation coincides with work by Fairey on view on Mana’s fourth floor.
After more than two decades as a professional artist, Fairey’s work is recognized internationally, as his particular aesthetic sensibilities—Russian Constructivism, Chinese Communist propaganda, and Americana—exemplify his philosophies and critiques of the ever-changing political landscape. Best known for his iconic Barack Obama Hope poster and his ubiquitous OBEY Giant street art campaign, his works retain a rebellious spirit of nonconformity.
About Mana Urban Arts Project
Established in 2014, Mana Urban Arts Project is a contemporary street art project featuring long-durational, site-specific installations by renowned artists from around the world. The goal of the project is to highlight and support this international community of artists. We are proud to partner with Jonathan LeVine Gallery and The Bushwick Collective on site-specific projects, wall exchanges, and special events. Mana Urban Arts Project is a subsidiary of Mana Contemporary, one of the nation’s largest art organizations with locations in Jersey City, Chicago, and Miami. For additional information, please visit manacontemporary.com.
Shepard Faiery, Natural Springs, 2015