Billboard liberation: artists take over illegal billboards

Posted: June 1, 2009 in creativity

“New York Street Advertising Takeover” Brings Art to Over 120 Illegal Billboards in NYC

Not the latest news, but nevertheless worthwhile spreading it, especially since a campaign against illegal billboards in New York has been going on for years. This latest campaign is Jordan Seiler’s incredibly ambitious “New York Street Advertising Takeover”, which became a reality in April 2009, when according to Wooster Collective “over 120 illegal billboards throughout the city were white washed by dozens of volunteers”.

NYSAT was organized as a reaction to the hundreds of billboards that are not registered with the city, and therefore are illegal. While illegal, these violations are not being prosecuted by the City of New York, allowing the billboard companies to garner huge profits by cluttering our outdoor space with intrusive and ugly ads.

After the illegal spots were white washed, late in the day yesterday over eighty artists transformed these spaces into personal pieces of art.

Here are some of the initial photos taken:





[Images nicked from Wooster Collective]


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