Anti-ad initiative ambushes Madrid shelters

Some rogues in Madrid recently ambushed the bus stops and other public ad spaces with statements protesting advertising saturation. This is apparently an ongoing initiative called PublicAdCampaign. The contributors, who ranged from artists to lawyers to teachers, used their signs to communicate what they wanted to see in public spaces (here's a larger gallery of their work). I like the idea behind the project a lot (and the "Buy me a Coke" sign made me laugh), but I wonder how well the executions actually speak to people. Advertisers co-opted the aesthetics of guerrilla/anti-advertising some time ago, so a lot of these very worthwhile messages might be just blending in with everything else. That's life in a paradox for you, I guess. Via PSFK. David Kiefaber is a frequent contributor to Adweek's creativity blog, AdFreak.
Publish date: April 11, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT