It’s always interesting how art and the commercial world collide. It can come with good results and it can come with bad results, but it’s always very interesting to see how its handled and just how much freedom the artist has. Recently, Australian artist Anthony Lister was given a really cool opportunity: to create a mural to “tell the story of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Using the film as a basis, Lister went wild and has created a mural that is not reliant on the product being pushed but–instead–is a large scale entry into his body of work.
The mural is located at one of the most primetime mural locations in the city (the spot on the northside of Melrose, just East of Fairfax a few blocks) and was created over the weekend. The piece is to promote today’s DVD release of the film (which is being advertised on nearly every single bus in town) and, you know, depicts monkeys and such. The biggest, most prominent feature of the mural is a huge, surly monkey face on the center/right side of the mural that steals your attention.
“I have been a fan of Planet of the Apes since I was a little kid,” Lister said about the piece, super pumped he could work with the Apes people directly. The piece is one of those rare art moments where fandom and artistry collide for an amazing result. Take a look below at a few photos from the creation along with a video documenting the process.