NYC Bus Shelter Ad Takeovers

Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)

There’s one trend this summer I actually welcome wholeheartedly and that’s a steady uptick in the number of ad takeovers. (Hey, the New York Times is even sorta on it.)

Empowered by adbusting, artist activists such as Poster Boy and PublicAdCampaign (NO AD app coming soon), public space minded artists are keying into NYC bus shelters, newsstands and phone booths, replacing ads with art (and impunity).

This recent phonebooth takeover collaboration between Clint Mario and Me_NewYork includes a hilarious riff on a well-known Mens Wearhouse ad featuring former founder George Zimmer – they promise that we’re “gonna like the way Clint looks.”

Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork  (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Clint Mario & Me_NewYork (photo by Luna Park)

Italian artist BR1 used a visit to NYC to introduce a series titled “Israeli Olives from Palestinian Trees”.

Ad Takeover by BR1 (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by BR1 (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by BR1 (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by BR1 (photo by Luna Park)

After a long absence, Specter returns to New York City’s streets, installing a series of abstracts, a project I hope he continues.

Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Specter (photo by Luna Park)

Lister hit a couple bus shelters in Manhattan, but they were removed before I could catch them.

Ad Takeover by Lister (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Lister (photo by Luna Park)

The QRST and ELLE shelter pieces below both ran surprisingly long, despite QRST insisting “This is Temporary”.

Ad Takeover by QRST  (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by QRST (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by QRST (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by QRST (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by ELLE (photo by Luna Park)

PublicAdCampaign leads by example.

Ad Takeover by Public Ad Campaign (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Public Ad Campaign (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Public Ad Campaign (photo by Luna Park)
Ad Takeover by Public Ad Campaign (photo by Luna Park)
Bonus Bus Shelter Takeover by Adek BMT - no key necessary (photo by Luna Park)
Bonus Ad Takeover by Adek BTM – no key necessary! (photo by Luna Park)

Triple Play: Lister

Australian artist Anthony Lister’s been very busy in the weeks leading up to his solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, opening tomorrow night. It’s been a while since we last featured him here, but I’m glad to report he’s showing his former hometown some love by completing a number of murals in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Here are three of the five seven he’s done so far:

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[Lister – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Lister is also the subject of the forthcoming Anthony Lister – Adventure Painter release from Gingko Press, authored by Roger Gastman and Tristan Manco.

Anthony Lister: Power Tripping
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street
9th Floor
New York, New York 10010

June 28—July 26, 2014
Opening: Saturday, June 28, 6—8pm

Lister’s Big Head

Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)

Lister goes big, once again painting his spot at the corner of Metropolitan & Roebling in Williamsburg.

Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)
Lister (photo by Becki Fuller)

Travelling Man Anthony Lister

A week before opening his solo show at Lyons Wier and five months after painting his last large-scale mural in Brooklyn, Lister graced the streets of Williamsburg with a new mural.

Lister x Faile (photo by Luna Park)
Lister x Faile (photo by Luna Park)
Lister x Faile (photo by Luna Park)
Lister x Faile (photo by Luna Park)

How to Catch a Time Traveller
Opening: Friday, March 19, 6-9pm
Lyons Wier Gallery
175 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10011

The Boundless Mr. Lister

With every lull in activity on the street, someone I know invariably pronounces NYC street art dead. Ever the contrarian, I’m pleased to report that NYC street art is alive and well! My favorite Australian in New York, the talented Mister Lister, has buffed himself and put up new work on a wall in Brooklyn.

October 2009:

mister lister

November 2008:

nick walker and anthony lister