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Adverts replaced by works of art on over 20,000 UK billboards

Across the UK, 22,000 advertisements which were on billboards, bus stops, and other poster sites have been replaced by works of art. For a period of 2 weeks, the art will be everywhere. The nation has put most of its cherished works of art on roadsides, trains, and tube stations and also in shopping malls.


Art Everywhere, a scheme which was coined together with an advertising firm, has replaced 22,000 advertising sites with these works of art totalling 57 in number. Going through Liverpool on a miserable Tuesday morning, the sky is lit up by a roadside poster measuring 6ft (1.8m) in height. James Abbott McNeill Whistler, is the artist who is behind this artwork. The picture shows a gloomy boatman who is stationed under the Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge, and is named Nocturne.

On any gloomy day, the image is befitting near the Bootle Docks. Another poster, After Lunch, painted by Patrick Caulfield, is a 1975 production. It holds his aspect, while seated in a restaurant, of a realistic colourful chateau view, seen through a window or portal.

The traffic passing along Stanley Road passes by in the real world setting. The poster is set near the Victorian girl’s institute, which is now a gym, on one side of the road, and a tool hire and storage unit on the other side.

Driving back to the city, one can see another artwork named Gassed, which was done by John Singer Sargent, and hangs at the Imperial War Museum. The artwork is a splendid 12m (39ft) in size and overlooks a 4-lane road.

There is a sign that advertises log, cat litter, and charcoal placed beneath the artwork. One cannot tell if motorists pay any attention to the artwork, but nobody has been seen stopping for a better look.



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