Popularly known as the "Michelangelo of Graffiti," Mear One runs with renowned street artists like Shepard Fairey and Robbie Canal. At the request of the restaurant's owner, Demetrios Mavromichalis, the artist showed up with his pet bulldog in tow and started sketching freehand with his spray can.
Watch the time-lapsed video of its creation here.
"Humanity vs. The Machine" appeared a few weeks after the vote on Prop 37, an initiative that would have required labeling for all genetically engineered food. The proposition was rejected, a victory for GMO giant Monsanto and a disappointment for small-time farmers and organic promoters.
If the title of Mear One's piece isn't provocative enough, the imagery is. A young family stands protectively over their vegetable garden, warding off the smog of the evil GMO Man. The chemtrails and radio wires in the background are calling cards of the artist, who is no stranger to environmentally charged pieces. (Some of his other works are called "Garbage Island" and "Allegory of Complacency.")