LA street artist pays tribute to Madiba

Following the death of Nelson Mandela, LA based guerilla street artist, Robbie Conal, took to the streets of LA with monochromatic posters of the former president's face. Last week, Conal banded together a group of volunteers for the guerilla project. Armed with the poster prints and glue, the team set out to cover the streets of LA with pictures of the political leaders face. This followed the previous weeks attempt, where the briefing was dismantled by the LAPD, who declared the act of homage as an act of vandalism. The posters, photocopies of original black and white oil paintings transferred to lithographs, were copied over 6,000 times and sent to Cape Town for further distribution across the South African city. Two versions of the poster bear the same graphic, with "Walking" - in reference to Mandela's autobiography 'A Long Walk to Freedom - and "Dancing" - in reference to his iconic shuffle, in bold text print below. Find out more about Robbie Conal at


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