Suggestion: Simple warning about the honesty of advertising which pervades our culture, and influences our behaviour, despite our best efforts. The advertising hoarding costs the advertisers £12,000 pa. Bristol City Council receives this revenue. The design of the warning mimics the warnings on the back of cigarette packets. Commercial brand advertising is as pernicious as tobacco. A hoarding which encourages drinking, above a Council-designated No street-drinking zone frequented by alcoholics and drug addicts offers a delicious irony and highlights the hypocrisy of our attitudes.
Justification: It is scandalous that such a prime site in the centre of our City is given over to commercial advertising. the work highlights this and uses known imagery both to discourage the invasion of our visual amenity by unwanted advertising. A polite suggestion that perhaps we should consider removing billboards from Stokes Croft and, by extension, from all City Centre sites. OR, retain the hoarding and use it as an ongoing Art space... That would be great and inexpensive and would involve no unnecessary demolition, an environmental consideration!!!
Artist: Chris Chalkley
Note: The idea of suggestions is to get the juices going... Stokes Croft can be a massive outdoor art gallery. all ideas welcome. Gotta be feasible and relatively inexpensive...
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