Obama "Hope" Artist Shepard Fairey Beaten in Copenhagen for Designing State-Funded "Propaganda"
Shepard Fairey's indelible portrait of Obama with the word "Hope" below it forever redefined the way graphic design is used to propel presidential campaigns. But some people in Copenhagen aren't feeling Fairey's powerful imagery now that he's making it for their city.
Fairey was commissioned to make a "Peace" mural, which isn't controversial in itself, but it was erected to commemorate the demolition of a legendary youth house—a destruction that symbolizes the disconnect between and increasingly conservative local government and the city's leftist movement. So last weekend outside a club, Fairey and a friend were attacked by two men who called him "Obama illuminati." He emerged with a bruised rib and a black eye. The Guardian:
"The city council is using the painting – directly or indirectly – to decorate the crater-like lot at Jagtvej 69," said local activist Eskil Andreas Halberg in a letter to Modkraft, a leftwing news website. "The art is being used politically to end the conflict in a certain way: 'we're all friends now, right?'"