Johnny Cash has always been larger-than-life but in downtown Sacramento, he is even more so now: Cash rises head and shoulders above the city–15 stories in all–thanks to the recent Wide Open Walls festival, which featured artists painting murals on buildings throughout downtown Sacramento.
The Cash mural, painted by Shepard Fairey, who also created the iconic “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, can be seen on the L street side of the Residence Inn by Marriott. According to the Sacramento Bee the mural not only pays homage to Cash the singer and his ties to Folsom Prison, but it also highlights his lifelong devotion for prison reform, which began after performing at Folsom Prison in 1968 when he noticed the deplorable conditions there.
The artist, Fairey, will also issue limited edition prints of the mural, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards a bipartisan support group for prison reform called #Cut50.
Check out this awesome time lapse video of the project, featured on the Wide Open Walls Instagram page
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