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existential1 wrote

There's also an inverse effect I think that is rarely explored. When you live in a rural area and the only physical ads you see are on country roads or just off the highway, they are rage-inducing because they take you out of the feeling of nature you otherwise feel just seeing the greenery.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

This seems pretty good.

I don't think it's unusual where I'm from for there to be more security measures guarding billboards, from fencing to cameras. Unfortunately also there are a lot of cameras in general around where I live so it's quite daunting.

My preference where possible (also because it may well be faster to do), would be to plan ahead a design détournement of the billboard. I'm not sure if it's specifically desirable for you to take it down rather than détournement. I think detournement makes more of a statement than just an empty billboard, which probably won't be recognised as a political act by bystanders.

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throwaway_molotov wrote

Not a direct answer, but related:

I like the idea of modifying billboards so they show subversive messages. This can be done obviously or subtly. For example there was a billboard near me advertising Skye internet as "horror free". I wanted to spraypaint something like "stop selling weapones to turkey, make Syria =>" with an arrow pointing to the words "horror free". But I chickened out and they changed the billboard. I think this term is called culture bombing but that didn't turn up what I was looking for when I searched it. Adbusters had a big campaign around this sort of stuff back in the day.

Peeps in Oakland have also been tearing down billboards and turning them into tiny houses for peeps on the streets: http://narrative.ly/this-graffiti-artist-is-tearing-down-billboards-and-turning-them-into-shelters-for-the-homeless/

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