A member of our mutantspace arts skills exchange has just finished a political billboard for an arts project in Bristol, UK. Here is his story…
When a friend of mine told me about the Burg Arts Project I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. I have worked on a few large scale art works in the past but how often does the offer to use a billboard as a canvas come up? The subversion of advertisements and popular imagery has been a constant in my work and here was a chance to put it into its proper context.
For me this was akin to my childhood dream of becoming an astronaut except this one came true. (The astronaut dream is still on the backburner and I am hoping in the future I’ll get an email from a friend saying that someone in Bristol has built a space ship out of sticky black plastic and washing up liquid bottles and is looking for amateur astronauts to fly it to Mars.) Continue reading »
The billboard itself sits on a busy main road in St Werebergs, a small but thriving area of Bristol that has a strong anarchic tradition. The Billboard had been unused for a few years before Justin (the brains behind Burg Arts) commandeered it to show the large scale art works of some of Bristol’s home grown artists. The project is entirely self funded which means the artist basically retains creative control. Each piece remains up for a month.
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