A “Billboard” that Advertises…well, nothing.

Via on Dec 17, 2010

A Sight of Fresh Air.

I’m actually inspired by looking at this “billboard”—advertising nothing but clean air. Seattle-based art/architecture firm Lead Pencil Studio created this amazing, artsy, stainless steel piece of environmental commentary at the U.S.-Canada border. I, myself, would be happy to look at such a billboard while cruising down the highway. Lead Pencil Studio has “built a career on blurring the divide between architecture and art; questioning the idea of consumer culture has been a recurring theme.” Via Fast Company‘s Co.Design:

The government funds an art piece that comments on advertising. Tea Partiers: Is this proof that the U.S. is run by Commies?

So instead of your usual glimpse of cheeseburgers and red-faced car salesmen, you’ve got a snarl of stainless steel rods vaguely reminiscent of TV static, but surrounding only the clean air of Blaine, Washington.

Clearly it’s some kind of pinko Canadian stunt, right? A passive-aggressive commentary on Americans’ conspicuous consumption? Wrong! Non-Sign II is the brainchild of the Seattle art and architecture firm Lead Pencil Studio. Even crazier: It was commissioned by the federal government, which usually regards high art the way one would a dead rat.

For the full article, check out Fast Company‘s Co.Design.

About Lindsey Block

Lindsey Block loves a good picnic, bottle glass of wine and a new recipe. She likes to do all the cliché things: sing in the shower, dance in her underwear in the living room—which her dog doesn't approve of, yet—and take long walks on the beach. She's currently struggling with misanthropy, but working on it every day—although it's hard living in California.

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2 Responses to “A “Billboard” that Advertises…well, nothing.”

  1. Love it!. Thanks for posting, Lindsey.

    This goes on our new Elephant Yoga Facebook page, under the category "Yoga Related"!

    Bob W.

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