Artist ABOVE’s Latest: Blood Diamond

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Blood Diamond

Africa has had a devastating history of blood diamond wars. Blood diamond refers to a diamond mined in a war zone and then sold to finance an invading army’s war efforts, usually in Africa where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted. This site specific social / political word play was painted on the exterior wall of Johannesburg’s largest diamond trader Jewel City. Jewel City is a six-block mega-precinct that serves as a base for some 300 diamond traders as well as South Africa”™s Diamond Board and State Traders Association. Jewel City is the largest diamond exporter in the southern hemisphere with over R7-Billion worth of Diamonds being exported every year.

I was able to get away with this diamond wall heist because I told the owners I would paint in big letters “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” on the exterior of their building.

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Artist Above Hangs Banker Effigy Over I-95

Submitted by artist, Above:

I just uploaded the start-to-finish video of the painting and hanging mannequin installation I did here in Miami @ the issues of Occupy Wall St.

The 255 foot / 75 metre long painting in Miami, Florida was aired nationally on CBS, NBC, and FOX nightly news. Watch the video:


More info and photos in the Miami Times