Bono has tapped legendary street artist Shepard Fairey to assist in a new initiative meant to raise awareness in the fight against AIDS.
The U2 singer/frontman, and one of the founders of the global AIDS charity RED, has commissioned 17 artists to paint murals around the world including New York, Washington, Lyon, London, Berlin and Paris in advance of next month’s Global Fund Replenishment Conference in Lyon. “Street artists have been raising the alarm in the fight against AIDS since HIV appeared — from the streets of New York in the 1980s, and now in the next weeks in cities around the world with Paint (RED) Save Lives,” said Bono in a statement.
Among the artists creating (RED)-inspired art for the project are: Add Fuel, Bisco Smith, BRUSK, DALeast, Faile, Faith XLVII, Hera, HOW & NOSM, Inside Out Project, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Ludo, Olek, Ron English, Stephen Powers, Trevor & Cosmo, and WK Interact; there will also be a PAINT (RED) street art auction on Artsy to raise additional money for the Global Fund. See Fairey’s hype video for the event below.
I’m proud to be part of PAINT @RED SAVE LIVES: the first-ever global street art initiative to #endAIDS. Be sure to visit: https://t.co/tn3OYfHWEI to learn more about this project, it’s important! Thanks for caring. – Shepard pic.twitter.com/xBtW14vZ40
— Shepard Fairey (@OBEYGIANT) September 19, 2019