Each week, HIYA Gallery looks back on the history of art and more precisely on the history of street art and its associated movements. We try to highlight the pioneers of this movement who have become legends, the mythical works that have left their mark in the history of street art, as well as important cultural events concerning the development of street art and graffiti, such as books rare or cult, exhibitions making reference in the history of the movement, films and other events.
We believe that in order to understand and feel the art of our time, we must constantly learn where it came from and what its roots are. That is why, alongside the representation and promotion of artists, we want to share with you knowledge about the history of street art.
The Purple Shall Govern -
The HIYA Gallery series places and works legendaries of street art present you a fresco produced by Shepard Fairey in 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The work is called “The Purple Shall Govern”.
The mural depicting Nelson Mandela is a 10-story, 202,0 m2 public work visible on Juta Street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. It was created by Shepard Fairey and completed in September 2014. It pays tribute to Nelson Mandela and the 25th anniversary of the Purple Rain Protest. The mural can be seen from the Nelson Mandela Bridge and is seen by many as a sequel to the iconic “HOPE” poster series produced by Shepard Fairey during Obama's 2008 US presidential campaign.