April 28, 2009

Group repaints 100 New York billboards

A New York group against outdoor advertising said more than 100 street level billboards in the city were whitewashed and used by artists as blank canvases.

Jordan Seiler of the Public Ad Campaign said his organization believes the billboards are illegal under city law, so we wanted to use them for public communication instead of public consumption, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Seiler said the whitewashing and subsequent painting of billboards drew large crowds and widespread support from the public. However, he said most of the artist-touched billboards were quickly replaced by owner NPA Wildposting.

We had lots of tourists watching the artists work, he said. I think of this as a vigilante cultural event.

City officials would not say whether the billboards are legal.