An acting mayor of a European (well, sort of) capital ordered to take down billboards advertising pantyhose because the ladies' legs prominently featured on the said billboards corrupt the citizens. Can't make up this quote of his: "It is amoral for residents of the capital to see advertising panels featuring semi-nude women every day and this thing also revolted many religions. The city must look nice, not to embarrass." How true. Here's the source.
I'm traveling there in a week. Will report from the front lines.
By McCann Erickson for Heal Foundation of India. An award at the NY Festival.
Today, I received a letter from a reader GrantO (here's my virtual token of appreciation) who says the MINI Cooper on the billboard above showed a more extreme performance than had been initially planned. The car actually slid off the frame altogether. Here's the story:
"As soon as I saw the most recent MINI ad, I thought of one that was across from my school for a few months and lo and behold, you had it! In Part II, the photo at Flickr was taken right across from my school. That Mini that they put up there (and which was made of fibreglass or plastic, I believe) was put up with a large crane and actually fell down later!
The fibreglass luger was broken, but I don't think anyone was really injured. It was never put up again. For a few weeks, the billboard looked rather silly without a Mini on it. Then the thing itself got taken down. I wish I had photos.
The cops showed up when it fell. That photo was made at the intersection of Bloor Street West and Huron street, it's on the side of a cheap condominium (I think it's a goverment-run housing place) in Toronto, Canada and the store under it that you can see a bit of is 'G's Fine Foods'."
Dunno. Maybe it was a part of the whole stunt.
"To accompany the launch of two new products, Red and Green curry, we found an unusual way to cut through. At a prominent spot next to a busy road, we erected an outdoor board immediately in front of a tree. The tree was in full leaf and was pruned to look as if the leaves were the curry on the plate in front. The optical illusion worked and stayed in place until autumn when the leaves turned to red."
TBWA\G1\TOKYO & Hakuhodo for House Foods Japan. 2005 Silver WorldMedal at New York Festival.
A big bunch of assorted iPod billboards at a site appropriately named macbillboard.com.
Pictures of Londoners carrying commercial signs where, perhaps, no permanent signage is allowed.
First pictures of the Howard Stern billboards are now appearing on Flickr. This one is from reemer.
Well, I guess this qualifies as "outdoor" since the guy is actually outdoor. Ukranians are having a naked protest (site in Russian, but plenty of pics) against pricey cellphone plans (thanks, Rene).
So wonderfully evil. This "You Are Here" map reads: "You are here because you don't have a TomTom Navigator". A more appropriate question, though, is Amstel's, "You are here. But why?" If I only knew.
-- via Mastertext (in Russian)
A great outdoor campaign for Handicap International by TBWA in Brussels.
-- via AdHunt
This outdoor campaign for Nike is pretty old, but I know many of you here don't follow new ads every day, so I'm not feeling bad about it.
-- via adverbox.
"A billboard for hair products in Shinjuku Station. The blue hair is actually blue bubble wrap attached to the billboard. People walk along and pop the bubbles for fun."
-- sanchome on flickr
The rumor is that Sirius has placed a huge billboard on Varick and Grand in NYC that reads, "Howard Stern is Coming... All Over America." Anyone has a picture?
Copy in Polish reads: "Free Speech to Belarus". For Amnesty International by Saatchi. Spotted by Frederik Samuel, who's been on the roll lately.
This McKinsey recruitment ad for college grads posted around campuses combines the hand-made feel of the Sex and the City promo with the cryptic geek elitism of Google and Electronic Arts.
The copy in the lower part reads:
The phone number solves into 01.876.8000.
-- Frederik Samuel and his commentors
Hong Kong subways must be really empty since Nike thought that painting race tracks was a good idea. An outdoor campaign for Nike Sprint, spotted by Adverbox. Or maybe these aren't race tracks, but some esoteric symbol.
"This 3-dimensional billboard consisted of eleven 3-dimensional, eight-foot high letters. Each letter was designed and constructed out of actual computer components."
-- The Object Works
"An HIV/AIDS prevention billboard targets truck drivers and commercial sex workers with the message, "Nous abstenir est important...Si non, utilisons des preservatifs car le SIDA et les MST nous concernent tous" ("Abstinence is important for us. If not, let's use condoms because we are concerned about AIDS and STDs")."
Anti-Bush and anti-anti-Bush billboards are mushrooming in the virtual world of Second Life. Wagner James Au, an embedded reporter, has more.
Here's a small compilation of anti-McDonalds billboards I showed in a recent class on culture jamminng. Some (all?) of the images are from Brand Busters or Wooster Collective, but unfortunately I can't give a more precise credit.
Fat, Fucked Up and Fifty on Flickr.
Fat, Fucked Up and Fifty on Flickr.
"Washington Mutual tagged the Wexley School for Girls to create an engaging presentation that would intrigue first-time mortgage seekers and make them feel comfortable with the idea of a first house. Wexley School for Girls, in partnership with design firm General Public, created a 'first home on wheels.' They photographed a house, wrapped the bus on all sides and set a world-record for "Largest Door Mat" that measures 10 feet tall by 36 feet long. The E-bus can bring a bank and mortgage company directly to potential clients."
-- Ad Rag
The ad for the new Motorola SLVR L7phone was projected onto a 4,000 sq.m surface of Pirelli Skyscraper by 15 projectors. This is supposedly the largest skyscraper-based ad.
A campaign for Sony Cybershot camera, and a similar one for some plasma TV brand. Source: Adverbox.
Why are people so pissed off about Sony's graffiti for PSP? It's not like they are the first "corporate giant" to "buy the credibility of street art", as Wired puts it. The guys at Tats Cru have been creating street art for advertising for ages now. And this street campaign for Ariel is apparently inspired (if not created) by a British artist Moose who creates "clean graffiti". I'm glad there's at least one sane voice of reason, brought to you by PSFK (and, surprisingly, by Stay Free mag, but I can't find the link).
Submit your picture at Time Magazine's I'm The Person of the Year site and if you are lucky it will be beamed from their Times Square billboard.
"While developers are in the process of demolishing the old Pabst brewery to make way for new development, a decision is still pending on what to do with the 75-year-old copper-coated bottle, visible from the Garden State Parkway [in Newark] and occasionally on HBO's program The Sopranos."
-- Newsday via Adjab, image by Newark Photos