Sunday, April 1, 2012

Art in the Sky

Here's a cool project that was done in partnership between the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Adams Outdoor Advertising. It is called the Artist Billboard Project. The Arts Council's website says:

With an aim to promote our area artists and create temporary outdoor “public art," the Arts Council has partnered with Adams Outdoor Advertising to produce billboards for artist member grantees of the Arts Council.  These billboards are initially placed outside of Ingham County in order to attract out-county visitors to the region and are moved periodically in different locations throughout the Greater Lansing area, on an as-available basis, by Adams. 

Here's an excerpt of a story by Executive Director Leslie Donaldson:

Once produced, billboards may be in rotation for up to two years, initially installed outside of the county to attract visitors, and are then moved periodically to different locations throughout the Greater Lansing region on an as-available basis by Adams.

To date, nine vinyl billboards are in rotation, each featuring a different Individual Artist Grantee’s work. The billboards are visually attractive, and have helped raise awareness about the artistic talent in the region. The billboards have  also created temporary outdoor “public art” in places where vacant billboards might once have stood. The result has been a win-win-win for all involved—the arts council, Adams Outdoor, and each of the local artists.

Here's a sample billboard:

And a video from youtube:

For more, go to The Arts Council of Lansing Artist Billboard Project


  1. This is a really wonderful idea. Where I live they do "Traveling Stanzas" which is a mix of graphic design and poetry. They are hung all over the city, though none are as large as a billboard.

    Good luck on your A to Z challenge.

  2. Traveling Stanzas?

    This would be a good alternative to those flags/banners you see on lamp posts in small towns. A more elegant version of the Burma Shave signs!