With their towering, highly visible locations, empty (and otherwise) commercial billboards have always been a prime spot for graffiti and street artists to ‘get up’, albeit illegally. The ‘Public Works’ project flips the script on the status quo by having street artists work directly with major outdoor media outlets to create billboards in LA that will not advertise the latest blockbuster or the hottest jeans, but rather showcase street art. Organized by Daniel Lahoda of LaLa Arts / La Freewalls and Rick Robinson of Macdonald Media, the project will feature printed and hand-painted signs from a top-flight roster: How & Nosm, Insa, Push, Revok, Risk, Ron English, Seen, Shepard Fairey, Trustocorp, WCA Crew, Uglar, and Zes.
The project will kick off with a gallery show @ LaLa Arts (8.3 –8.17) and continue with periodic installation of the outdoor signs beginning in August through the end of the year. This milestone project will benefit Art Share LA, a charitable organization engaging youth through arts education. After the jump, we have a small preview of some of Public Works billboard designs. Also to get a better feel for the project, check out a teaser of an upcoming short-film by Jason Wawro.http://www.vimeo.com/46712036
Outdoor Installation — Throughout LA from 8.1 through the end of the year.
Gallery Opening: Friday, August 3rd (7 to 10 PM)