"The new Signs of Life book is a hilarious compilation portraying one man's crusade against a world of senseless public notices and warnings, with hundreds of spoof road signs, warning stickers, and council order notices being stuck up around the country [the country being the UK]. From shops to roadsides and offices to hotels, Dave Askwith's witty and cutting 'art' is his futile but highly amusing gesture of dissatisfaction with the most woeful public transport system in the world and the inane protocols and rules of modern life."
-- Amazon's synopsis. The 80-page book just came out in November and sells for £4.99.
- Ads on urinals and on the back of stall doors: $100 to $125.
- Sidewalk chalking: $150 to $350 per image per day.
- Spotlight or projection on a building: $4,500 and up per night.
- Subway platform: $40,000 to cover 200 stations.
- Kodak’s 1,500-square-foot Times Square moving-images display: $175,000 a month.
Click picture to zoom in and see how Boston's Lord&Taylor store put its signature on the rooftop. Google Maps wouldn't pick it up, but the signature can be seen (and photographed) from the top of a nearby Prudential skyscraper. (Thanks to Barry for sending this in).
"A giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, swinging out of control in sudden bursts of wind, struck a light pole in the heart of Times Square today, injuring two spectators and scaring scores of others in an eerie replay of a 1997 accident that had prompted pledges of safety reforms.
The M&M balloon, a 515-pound plastic contraption filled with 13,335 cubic feet of helium, began to list erratically as it entered Times Square around 11:40 a.m., witnesses said, before it crashed into a lamppost and was punctured. As the balloon collapsed, it pulled off a light fixture, which crashed to the ground amid a small sea of spectators."
Blimp Gone Wrong
Crowex: when you are too rich too care what time it is.
Drive-Thru Confessions, Park-n-Pray.
Making fun of True Crime: Streets of New York, a GTA wannabe.
Zip is like Vice City's Gash, only cooler...
... and apparently more upscale.
This installation works like a flat shower that shoots out water droplets with different frequency. The difference in distance between droplets results in an image.
This Russian billboard reads, "Strategy and tactics of success. The real business." The billboard is hanging on the wall of the city jail in Rostov. Source: advertka.
Kenneth Cole: "Hurricanes aren't ending. And bird flu is now coming. But wear?" Uh?
"Billboard ads just don't put in the same creativity that they used to. In this contest you will help ad companies think of some clever ideas to help distract drivers while they are going 70 mph."
A billboard for a competing "Dolly Guarana" drink that reads: "Federal Police Report CONFIRMS: Coca-Cola contains Coca Leaves." Expect Coke's prices to soar. Credit: d.r.lynch.
"This billboard is inane on so many levels, it's hard to know where to start. The camera she's holding? It has the shutter button on the right-hand side. She can't even work that camera until she puts down that bottle of Skyy Blue." Keep reading.
A billboard for the Newcastle beer, which, in all fairness, isn't quite as stale as this joke.
Don't wait for the love of your life, find it on Match.com.
-- Marketing Alternatif
Zinema Zombie Second Season / Bogota Museum of Modern Art
-- London International Awards
A bulb goes off on this billboard for The Economist, triggered by a motion sensor. -- London International Awards
The center of the universe, also known as the Times Square, was pretty disappointing: lots of razzle-dazzle, but very little substance, and overall very forgettable. The only exception was this animated Coke billboard,
which on one night showed silhouettes of construction workers putting it together, welding and all. Mesmerizing.
This subway poster reminded me of a recent story about British night clubs not letting people wearing Prada in because apparently Prada is what British "chavs" wear.
Here's a pretty weird subway poster for some storage. Are there lots of doll-collecting New Yorkers?
The same storage company is running a "butt" billboard somewhere in downtown. Copy: "Does my butt makes this room look small?" Our answer is a resounding yes.
There's something about New York and big butts:
A smart way to mount a city map - this one actually hangs on UPenn's campus in Philly.