A pleasant surprise awaits for commuters traveling northbound on New York City’s 3rd Avenue. After a brief appearance at the http://freshnessmag.com/2010/04/30/reed-annex-%E2%80%93-obey-pop-up-store-opening-recap/” target=”_blank”>OBEY Pop-Up Store this morning, artist http://obeygiant.com” target=”_blank”>Shepard Fairey navigated a few blocks north to the newly opened http://thecoopersquarehotel.com” target=”_blank”>Cooper Square Hotel on East 5th Street and 3rd Avenue. The objective? to finalize his latest mural installation to the hotel’s Art Project Wall adjacent to its side entrance. Measured at 4-story high, with a juxtaposed backdrop already in-place a few days before, Fairey and members of Team OBEY edged fragments of the centerpiece, a pondering Burmese Buddhist Monk with umbrella.
Once revered for their humanity and charity works, Burmese (now called Myanmar) Buddhist Monks have been persecuted by the ruling junta since 2007, the year when the religious order initiated peaceful demonstrations against the regime’s abuse of power. Since then, hundreds if not thousands of monks have been arrested, even killed, simply because their edict to do good. Rooted in activism, Fairey composed the mural to lend his voice for those who are oppressed by the Myanmar military rulers. In addition, as a lasting reminder to the dire living conditions within the Southeast Asia nation. Shepard Fairey’s mural for Copper Square Hotel Art Project Wall could be seen at the corner of East 5th Street and 3rd Avenue.
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