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We all remember the stunning ‘Hope’ poster that marked Barack Obama’s first presidential election and now the artist behind that work has created an equally striking piece of art commemorating Trayvon Martin.
Shepard Fairey was asked by Ebony to create the illustration for it’s latest issue which is on newsstands now, and on his personal blog, the street artist explained the inspiration behind what he came up with.
“I have followed Trayvon’s case closely and I think any compassionate human being can relate to Trayvon as a brother or son and would want to see a thorough investigation into the killing of an unarmed person. In my portrait I wanted to emphasize Trayvon’s humanity as well as the public outcry for a just investigation into his death.”
Fairey’s famous portrait of President Obama was installed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on January 17, 2009 and garnered him much critical acclaim from the masses. I wouldn’t be surprised if this image of Trayvon found a home outside of Ebony as well.
What do you think about his illustration?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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