Legendary Los Angeles-based artists Shepard Fairey and Saber collaborated on a mural of flags (reminiscent to Shepard’s May Day flags earlier this year) last week. The mural, plastered on the side of De La Barracuda on Melrose in Los Angeles, may be connected to an Obey Giant campaign against Prop 23, which is the proposition that would suspend AB 32, the Global Warming Act of 2006. From Obey Giant:
The November 2 election is less than a week away. At the polls, voters will determine the fate of California’s leadership role in developing a clean energy economy. Proposition 23, an initiative on the ballot, aims to suspend landmark environmental laws in California. If Prop 23 is approved by voters, the implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Assembly Bill 32 or AB 32) will be suspended until the state unemployment rate drops to 5.5% or below for four consecutive quarters.
Currently California’s unemployment rate is 12.4%. Jobs are being lost every day. Businesses are closing. Yet the one sector that is driving employment and growth in California is clean energy. The clean technology industry employs over a half-million Californians, and these jobs are growing at a rate more rapid than the statewide average. Since the implementation of AB 32, California has garnered over $9 billion of private investment capital and is the center for clean technology innovation. With the passage of Prop 23, California would lose its market leadership and thousands of clean technology jobs.
The mural comes just in time for the November 2 elections taking place tomorrow across the country. Check out the mural if you’re in the area, and peruse Saber’s photos on the construction of the piece last week.
photo via Juxtapoz