November 15th, 2010
Up There. Advertising

A very interesting video by Jon. He wrote this documentary along with his friends Malcolm and Christine, as part of The Ritual Project sponsored by Stella Artois. It follows, and tells the story of advertising hand painters in big cities. This is definitely a craft which is disappearing over time due to new printing techniques. Whis I think is a real pity. I do not understand why advertisers do not use hand painted posters anymore. I believe, as the hand painted adverts take so long to create, everyone can appreciate them being there. I believe they become part of the culture and heart of a particular city, or district within a city. When these graphics become part of the city people do not want to see them go or being repainted over.

A recent post on Vandalog, a blog for graphic street artists hit on a similar point. “As most of you may know, one of Roa‘s beloved works in East London is facing removal after the owners of the building were told they have 14 days to remove it or the Council will. The whole ordeal is a bit ridiculous, since the Hackney Council is calling the piece a “blight on the environment”even though the owners the building gave the artist permission to paint int he first place. An online petition is going on to save the work and pretty much tell the Council to back off. ”

Although both forms of graphics are different it still highlights the fact that the people where these graphics have been painted do get attached to them. And the public would be sad to see them disappear. I for one would love to see more advertising and painting like this around Birmingham.

Check out the Vandalog website here http://blog.vandalog.com/

Video found via the website Advertisers Anonymous

 

Filed under: Advertising, Birmingham, Design in Birmingham, Graffiti, Graphic, Graphic Design
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