Iconic Obama Artwork Finds a Home

By MichaelJames

Jan 18, 2009 2:12pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: The iconic image of President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign is now on display permanently at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The original painting, by Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey, was unveiled yesterday — and now hangs in the “New Arrivals” section for the many visitors in the district during inauguration to see.
Fairey’s red, white and blue portrait collage with Obama’s face over the word “hope” was reprinted in mass quantities, donning campaign shirts, posters, hats, buttons and stickers throughout the campaign. The painting was a gift to the Portrait Gallery of Tony and Heather Podesta. This weekend’s inauguration festivities are bringing Obama fans to the museum in droves. Museum staffers say crowd control has been an issue in the less-than-24 hours the artwork has been on display. They have set up a black rope in the middle of the aisle, creating two lines to view the picture. Police officers hustle viewers to move quickly after snapping a quick picture.
After being hung in a temporary gallery within the museum the portrait will find a home in the permanent display. — Sunlen Miller

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