Monday, April 27, 2009

Street Takeover

Speaking of NYC, over the weekend Jordan Seiler of Public Ad Campaign spearheaded the incredibly ambitious "New York Street Advertising Takeover," which whitewashed and transformed some 120 illegal billboards throughout New York.

The targeted billboards were among the hundreds, maybe thousands, of outdoor signs not registered with the city. Despite being illegal, these violations are rarely prosecuted by the City of New York, allowing billboard companies to garner huge profits by avoiding advertising and permitting fees while cluttering public outdoor space with their ads.

Late Saturday and Sunday the illegal spots were transformed into art by eighty volunteer artists. More about the project, including some exceptional images, at Cronicas Barbaras and Wooster Collective.

1 comment:

The Corey said...

Time for a Seattle run