We've been watching the war between activist group Grrl Army and Poster Giant—the promotions company that uses public spaces as its own, private advertising venues—for over a week now. This wall outside our office is ground zero and the stakes have escalated, with the rivaling sides covering each others' posters with more elaborate works with increasing frequency. In the latest salvo, even before 9:00 a.m., a man was out there this morning using a shovel to dismantle Grrl Army's installation of coat hangers (a statement about illegal abortions and preventing new posters from being put up).
Here's shovel bro:
Then Poster Giant slapped up some posters, which were up for—what—an hour? They weren't there long. A woman not affiliated with Grrl Army came by and slathered pink paint across the wall. Here's the result:
Which is to say that in a few quick minutes at minimal expense, the community took back its wall. The community is claiming this space—for its shows, its art, its activism. There's got to be a point at which Poster Giant is just pissing away all those expensive-to-print posters—that are getting covered right up away—in their weird obsession with monopolizing public space. Presumably at the expense of their advertisers.
I know that if I was hiring Poster Giant, I sure as hell wouldn't want them postering that wall. Advertisers pay to print those posters and then pay Poster Giant to put them up. The posters that are put up on this wall make the advertisers look like assholes. That is, if people even see their posters, because they're covered up so damn fast.