No curve was too sharp for them and their bicycle. No puddle was deep enough to stop them. -- Friends by Helme Hein

20 September, 2011

Shepard Fairey in Copenhagen

US street artist Shepard Fairey put up 5 murals around Copenhagen in early August.  Big fans, we went on a bike hunt for his work.  

We found the first one at Baisikeli Cafe, a new bike cafe that rents, repairs, and sells used bikes in Vesterbro. 

 Love this cargo bike turned speaker system!

It's an amazing piece of work.  The details are small and everywhere.  

 We found the second one in Nørrebro, the neighborhood across the lakes from us.
Within days of this mural going up, it was defaced by people unhappy about the perceived message and placement after a long battle over the demolition of a youth center that previously occupied this space.   I don't know enough of the history to write about it with authority, but you can read about it here.  Apparently he caused enough of a raucous that Fairey was beat up at a party in Copenhagen.

I stumbled upon the third piece but didn't have a camera with me, so we'll have to go back. 

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