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Shepard Fairey (left) and Jayson Atienza
Shepard Fairey (left) and Jayson Atienza
Manifest Hope, the Obama-inspired art competition that beganwith the Democratic National Convention, popped up once again, in D.C. from January 17-19, in the days leading up to Obama's presidential Inauguration. Partners MoveOn.org Political Action, the Service Employees International Union and Obey Giant issued another artistic call-to-action, recruiting more artists to apply their talents to the causes of workers' rights, healthcare reform and the green economy.

Former BBDO art director Jayson Atienza joined the effort and submitted the work pictured below. "In this piece, up close the different shapes and colors can be seen to represent the dynamics of the working class: from the emotions felt by the average 'Joe' during times of economic hardship to the diversity of those who make up the American workforce," Atienza explains in his artist statement. "Together its components represent the magnificence of working class Americans. The election of Barack Obama to the presidency has not only brought Americans together but proven that there is hope beyond all change for something amazing." Atienza participated alongside other artists like Fairey, the KDU, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, Michael Murphy, David Choe and more.
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