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New Mural in Chico Promotes Peace

The Chico Peace and Justice Center invited Shepard Fairey and his company, "Obey Giant," to paint a mural in downtown Chico.

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 5:57 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Peace and Justice Center invited Shepard Fairey and his company, "Obey Giant," to paint a mural in downtown Chico.

The Chico Peace and Justice Center contacted Shepard Fairey about two-and-a-half years ago about this project.
Shepard and his team began painting the mural on Sunday morning, and plan to finish by Tuesday.

Shepard is most commonly known for his tribute to former President Barack Obama. He created his "Hope" poster for the presidential election back in 2012.

Robert Zagula, Shepard's art assistant, said the project in Chico was right up his alley, "Shepards aesthetic is about peace and justice and harmony so it fit perfectly for him."

Shepard used something called a "stencil process" to create the mural.

Robert said they start off by creating the image on a computer screen. They size-up the image to the wall, and then using an oversized copier print out the image.

From there, using an X-Acto blade, slice pieces out and color them to the wall with spray paint.

Robert explained where Shepard gets his inspiration, "He's a propaganda artist so he usually uses red black and crème because those are the most shocking colors, and Russian propaganda from back in the day used to use those colors."

The mural stretches 20-feet-tall and 60-feet-wide. It is located on the Chico Peace and Justic Center wall on Broadway Street, facing the Jack In The Box restaurant.

Robert said the community has expressed a lot of excitement about the new mural, "A bunch of people came by and they've been really happy they dropped off some sunflowers and a bunch of shirts and coffees, so every body's been really great."

Everyone involved in the mural planning, as well as those who helped support the project, are invited to a party in celebration of the mural at 6:30 Tuesday night, at the Chico Peace and Justice Center.

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