Admit it, you probably don’t take advantage of our public library system as often as you should but chances are you’re likely be making your way to the nearest library soon to get your hands on some artwork by a famed street artist.
Fairey, along with artist Cleon Peterson, designed the new LAPL’s new library card- unveiled on Tuesday- giving it its first update after more than 20 years. What was once a simple design of colored bars, stars, and triangles in red, blue, and yellow is now an olive green and black illustration of the Central Library in Downtown.
Shepard Fairey says Obey and get your free limited edition Artist-Designed LAPL Library Card, available staying today in every branch library in LA. The first update in more than 20 years, you can have this passport to learning and adventure for free (and own your own Shepard Fairey/Cleon Peterson work of art). Thank you @obeygiant @amandafairey and @cleonpeterson for making this real. @losangeleslibrary
The limited-edition work of art was initially created to promote the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’s Young Literati Annual Toast fundraiser. Mayor Eric Garcetti opened the unveiling ceremony calling the library his “favorite place in Los Angeles” and later posted on Twitter asking all Angelenos “obey” him and go out and get the card at one of the 73 Los Angeles branches.
Fairey is a long-time supporter of the library having deejayed at Young Literati events and been a celebrity guest reader and his wife, Amanda, is a member of the foundation board and a Young Literati chair.
“When I was younger, I did most of my research for art and design at the library,” Fairey said in a press release.
Access to books for free, free artwork, and free wifi… what’s not to like?
You can apply in person or online for a new card or get a replacement card for $3.
Just be sure to act fast, as these babies are in limited supply!