Billboard appropriation and street art go hand in hand like Ladies Night and 2-for-1 flyers, and even though many people think street art is a relatively new trend it's actually something audacious artists have been doing for decades.
Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel are two pioneering street artists who shared their colorful visions with the world via appropriated billboards from 1973 to 1989, and their works look just as fresh today as they did forty years ago.
Here's more about this dynamic art duo and their billboard appropriation project:
Beginning in 1973 and up until 1989, we worked together on open ended, allusive designs for outdoor advertising billboards, under the name Clatworthy Colorvues. The billboards were exhibited mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, where we lived, but sometimes installed in other parts of the country, the result of workshops we led with graduate students, or exhibitions on appropriation and public art. With the billboard, we wanted to reach a larger and more varied public than would ever find its way into an art institution.