The South by South West Eco (SXSW Eco) movement focused on sustainable initiatives looks set to have someone very interesting at the podium. Having been announced final keynote speaker for the SXSW Eco event, Shepard Fairey is sure to grab attention yet again.
The American contemporary graphic designer and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene, was earlier in the news for his Hope poster as part of Barack Obama’s US presidential election.
SXSW Eco has also announced the finalists of its new public space design competition named ‘Place by Design’ competition. This event started this year.
The 43 year old Shepard Fairey graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 1988 and took another graduation from Rhode Island School of Design. He gained public attention for the first time with the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker campaign.
One of the best known and most influential street artists ever, Fairey was also board member of the Music is Revolution Foundation in 2006. The ‘Hope’ poster, which supported Barack Obama’s candidacy for US President made him popular worldwide. Recently, he has been focusing on environmental issues too.
Fairy will discuss the role of artists to use art as a catalyst for awareness and attention. SXSW Eco’s Place by Design Competition finalists include upcoming young designers to experienced architectural firms. The SXSW Eco event takes place between October 7 and 9 this year.