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Public Space, Art, and Advertising

An artist collective in New York City is on a mission to blot out advertising in public space, covering it over with their art projects.

The group's current project involves tearing apart popular books, making art pieces out of them, and pasting them over advertisements in phone booths.

Danny Valdes writes, "What started as a personal art project soon grew into much more of an activist-oriented effort against public advertising. As [Jason Seiler, founder of the group] explains, the group's mission is not to wreak havoc, but to defend the first amendment. 'Public spaces are really our last democratic spaces. They are the only spaces that we have left as a society in which we all have an equal voice and can have open dialogue.'"

Full Story: Artists Reclaim Public Space: A Conversation with Public Ad Campaign Founder Jordan Seiler

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