Shepard Fairey, the artist best known for his Obey Giant and the Make Art Not War and Barack Obama “Hope” posters, is conquering an entirely new empire: deep space.
He already enjoys an international reputation, exhibiting his work at countless major galleries and museums. Since battling it out with the Associated Press in 2012 over the use of a 2006 photo of Obama as inspiration for his posters, Fairey is reaching for greater heights.
The artist recently designed the patch for an upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) called ARK1, which stands for Advanced Science and Research. Originally known as Increment 37/38, this space mission will run from September 2013 through March 2014 and is the first flight managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).
CASIS was set up by the US Congress as a way to help promote research aboard the ISS.
Although the badge is a far cry from his traditional work, according to Fairey, his design is meant to communicate the most fascinating aspects of the ISS despite having to work with such a small space. “It’s a really special thing,” Fairey said in a statement. “I’m just flattered and honored that I could create something that becomes just a small symbol of how things can move forward.”
Originally, CASIS had contracted a design agency in Florida called Fiction to construct the patch, but they ended up bringing Fairey on board to utilize his incredible creative skills.
Props to this street artist and viral marketing campaign strategist for contributing to the advancement of space exploration that will benefit all humankind.