We could still smell the freshly applied paint and wheatpaste on Charleston, South Carolina native Shepard Fairey‘s new mural when we went to check it out last night. A team of workers has been assembling the piece since Tuesday, installing panel after odd-shaped panel to create the montage, which blends pop art and political commentary. The mural coincides with Fairey’s new show at Deitch Projects, opening May 1. The graphic artist, best known for creating the Obama “Hope” poster, has been holding court all week, greeting friends and curious passersby like Milton Friedman (creator of the iconic I Heart New York imagery) who stopped to take a peek. I was hoping to get a few words with Fairey last night but couldn’t get past the group of admirers, including an animated anti-Banksy filmmaker, who got there first. I guess when your office is the corner of Bowery and Houston, you can expect to be tied up in meetings all day.