The Public Ad Campaign has been underway for a while now. Founder Jordan Seiler has finally finished the website for PublicAccess, marking the next stage of the project and providing a solid infrastructure for the open source project. You can now buy keys online, or download 3D print files for bus shelters worldwide. Some of the artists have already been taking advantage of the keys, with artwork from ELLE, Icy & Sot, Lister, Pac and more popping up all over the globe.
Read more below from Seiler on the ideas behind the project.
‘Nearly every major metropolitan city has an active bus or trolley system. Over the years, this vital public service has become an integral part of the global outdoor advertising industry in the form of bus shelters and other municipal infrastructure.’
‘Chances are if a city has meaningful surface transit, a select few global outdoor advertising companies will operate public amenities like bus shelters, for which they have the sole right to display for profit commercial advertising.’
‘This global corporate message stands against our public interest by distracting us from each other in favor of ourselves, invoking our desires to the detriment of our environment, and silencing our public voices by institutionalizing corporate visual expression in our shared public spaces.’
‘The PublicAccess project aims to reverse this one-way communication by providing access to municipal infrastructure for public dialogues. Artists and individuals can treat the tools offered through this site as functional sculptures to interject their thoughts into our shared public spaces.’
Image credits – PUBLIC AD CAMPAIGN and individual artists, plus ELLE image credit of Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork