update: (IF YOU GOT HERE AFTER April 28th THE VIDEO IS ALREADY UP IN A NEWER POST)
Dear Spanish readers, forgive me but this post will be in English because I want some American friends to be able to read it (y seguro que entendéis inglés). Today was a very special day in New York. Some wonderful artists gave this city a wonderful gift: they took over about 120 billboards spread around donwntown Manhattan, painted them on white and replaced the advertisements they usually hold with art. Real art, the kind that doesn't sell products but spreads joy, curiosity, culture and smiles. Thanks to a daring team whose main brain was the guy behind Public Ad Campaign, (here a link in Spanish about him, Posterboy and Public Ad Campaign) New York became the landscape of the most fun and beautiful guerrilla- style art project I've witnessed in this city in a very long time.
Posterboy movement was involved too, of course. All of them -graphic designers, visual artists, street artists and even the owner of a store who doesn't like the overwhelming advertising landscape we live in and spent the morning whitewashing ads- risked to get arrested, actually two of them spent the night in jail. They were the only casualties of the day, everything else worked smoothly, with a final party in Brooklyn. ( The brains and creativity left the island long time ago and now breath and think in Brooklyn, Manhattan it's only a storefront to the world, so they cross the bridges to show the world what they do, then they go back to Brooklyn to chill)
I will be posting a video and a multimedia piece later today. Stay tuned! In the meantime, a few picks I took during the day.
(Bowery and 4th st)
Avenue A and 11th
Avenue A and 11th
Broome and Christie
MY VIDEO ABOUT THE EVENT HERE