Shepard Fairey, a world famous American contemporary street artist, plans to bring his ideas to the streets of Detroit over the course of several weeks, both in larger-than-life mural form and exhibition form. Fairey is wildly known for his 2008 mural piece of Obama titled “Hope.”

His largest mural to date is set to grace the Gratiot Avenue and Farmer Street side of One Campus Martius and will appear over the course of weeks.

In addition to this giant scale 184 x 60 design, Fairey has another mural on his list of things to do, which is now available to view in the art-stuffed alley, The Belt. The Belt is the brilliant art space around The Z parking structure and connects Grand River and Gratiot between Broadway and Library with an alley full of paintings, graffiti art, sculptures, and benches.

Thanks to Bedrock Real Estate Services and Library Street Collective, who teamed up to bring Fairey to the city, will host a fun few weeks of projects, shows and long lasting art in Detroit.

“We are honored to bring this exhibition to Detroit and also provide a public platform for him to create while in our great city,” said Anthony Curis, partner at Library Street Collective.

As if the mural plans weren’t enough to dress up Detroit, Fairey’s work will stay put in a solo exhibition at Library Street Collective titledPrinted Matters. This will be open to the public starting Friday, May 22 and running through the summer until Saturday, August 15. The space behind the gallery, The Belt, will feature newly created large-scale paintings done by Fairey in part of a rotating outdoor exhibition called Public Matter.

The Belt is slated to hold an opening reception for Fairey’s work, featuring food trucks, including El Guapo, Chicken & Waffles and Pizzaria Biga, as well as live music by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and Shepard Fairey himself on the turn tables. Fairey’s talents don’t stop at his artwork either, so he’ll be appearing as a DJ at the opening, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on debut night, May 22.

As a way to give back to the community and grow with it, Fairey plans to join together with students at Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences and discuss their joint idea of artistic development and its importance to youth and education today.

The school’s dedication to Detroit art is bewildering and one of the ways they show it is by partnering with The Belt and by the end of Fairey’s show in Public Matter, one of his pieces will be donated and displayed at the school.

“Shepard Fairey’s work has had a cultural impact on the world,” said Curis.

Fairey’s work is part of the city’s plan to showcase one-of-a-kind works of art in an effort to diversify the space and bring life to art. Local and international artists have been making Detroit their own with help of Bedrock and Rock Ventures and their efforts.

Catch Fairey working on his One Campus Martius mural now until the May 22 opening of his work at The Belt and Library Street Collective.

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