Local Artist Targets Wall Street

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The Occupy Wall Street Movement has inspired protests and activists worldwide, including a local artist who is using his talents and a massive canvas to send a message to all Wall Street Bankers.

“The whole situation with Wall Street and New York started and then is has gone global and that really inspired me,” the artist called “Above” told CBS4’s Jorge Estevez.

Above painted a 255-ft wide, 11-ft tall mural along Interstate 95 near the Wynwood Arts District.

The mural reads, “Give a Wall Street banker enough rope and he will hang himself.” To reinforce his message, Above added a mannequin dressed like banker hanging from a telephone wire.

The imagery is catching the eyes of thousands of people who pass right by the area on any given day. It’s also caught the attention of the organization “Primary Flight” in Wynwood which helps artists in Wynwood to send their message to the masses.

“It is about the artwork and getting your message out to the public,” said Chris Oh of Primary Flight.

For Above, his message is that he is shocked by the state of the U.S. economy and hopes his message is just as shocking for people, even those who disagree with his cause.

“Everyone is valid to their own opinion,” Above said. “I am just voicing mine.”

Comments

One Comment

  1. Chucky says:

    Good or bad, you’re responsible for your own future.

    People; malcontents, who don’t understand this, who feel entitled, are out there occupying nothing but empty space.

    You think Wall Street cares? It’s a freakin’ street!

    The people in it and on it are too busy negotiating the nation’s and the world’s business.

    The nation’s business, is business.

  2. aurita says:

    INSPIRING AND BRILLIANT!!! I AM GRATEFUL THIS HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS EXCEPTIONAL ART AND IS NOW ENTERING THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. WE
    ALL NEED TO SEE THIS, WE NEED TO EMBRACE THIS. HOORAY FOR
    THE ARTIST ABOVE!!!!!!!!!!

  3. rexee says:

    Just in time for art basel…good work hypocrite!

  4. Maria Murriel says:

    He’s not a local, though… He’s based out of Cali

  5. Carroll Bean O'Brien Loomer says:

    This talented young man has the potential to Unite and Save the World!
    Now is the Time!
    Stop WAR
    Save the Environment
    Feed, House, and Clothe the Poor by providing jobs in their communities World Wide.
    Protect us from Corporation Take Overs!!!!
    Petition, March, and Vote to Protect all that is Good for Mother Earth & her peoples
    Sing a new song of gladness – helping one another.

  6. Sharon Cali says:

    Great work “Above” puts everything in perspective. A picture is worth a thousand words.

  7. Yogi says:

    Take this down already, do we really need to show children this level of violence?

    1. BooBoo says:

      Do you really think children visit this adult-oriented website? If they do, where are the parents who should be supervising their computer use?

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