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.
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.
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.