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Shepard Fairey Addresses Prison Reform in New Johnny Cash Mural

Created for Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls festival.

One of Shepard Fairey’s latest works is currently on display in sunny Sacramento for Wide Open Walls — an annual festival attracting some of the brightest names in the art world, collectively coming together to transform the California capital into a creative street art hub. Considered a hot topic of discussion for the noted artist, Fairey extends his conversation on prison reform, creating a monumental Johnny Cash mural based on a photo snapped by noted lensman, Jim Marshall. Paying respects to the Man in Black’s At Folsom Prison album, which also happens to be celebrating its 50th anniversary, the spray-painted image can be seen engulfing the side wall of a towering building.

As pointed out by Fairey himself, the U.S. holds approximately 5 percent of the world’s total population, however, houses 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Devised not only to appease the inner artist in us all but to stimulate curious minds alike, the creative referred to his latest piece as a “great conversation starter.”

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