Clever billboards display art instead of ads on the highways

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 27 July 2015

Billboards don’t offer much to travellers along the highway. They’re big, gaudy and over the top. So one artist produced a set of billboards that did nothing but display art to give drivers a break from the monotony of billboard signs.

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Billboard with messages from individuals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

This is so cool. Every month, an individual is invited to use a 36-ft long rooftop billboard on the corner of Highland and Baum in Pittsburgh to announce any message they like. Pablo Garcia and Jon Rubin are the designers behind the billboard, while the curative eye of Jon Rubin Billboard guides the project. The […]

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Urban billboards, replaced by bamboo forests

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 30 October 2012

Urban Air, a public project initiated by artist Stephen Glassman, started out as a studio artwork, but might just eventually make it out into the freeways of Los Angeles, followed by other cities around the world, if it manages to secure $100,000 of funding on Kickstarter by Dec 11. Basically the idea is to transform billboard space into bamboo gardens. Floating greenery instead of ads: it’s a beautiful idea.

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Robert Montgomery hijacks billboards for art

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By Charlie Gleason in New Art on Thursday 7 June 2012

Working in a ‘poetic and melancholic post-situationalist tradition’, London-based artist Robert Montgomery hijacks billboards to create pieces that challenge modern society, fame, advertising, and our consumerist culture. His pieces are as moving as they are subversive, and should be celebrated as much for their form as for their message. Brilliant.

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Josef Schulz

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Wednesday 17 February 2010

Josef Schulz draws out the strange forms and shapes unique in an urbanized, suburbanized world. His most recent series consists of digitally manipulated photos of billboards and signs with the text removed, resulting in beautifully minimalist and abstracted images.

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