Posts Tagged ‘billboards’

A Call for Artists: Sue-Happy “SF Beautiful” Org + SFMTA’s MUNI Buses = A Chance to Display Your Art

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Let’s see if I can pay off on this headline here.

San Francisco Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) what likes to sue us, the People of San Francisco. Last I saw, they got spanked by some appellate judges and the Wealthy Wizened White people of SFB said they were weighing their options, oh well.

And MUNI, well that’s America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System, right? (Ask about our hidebound ‘work-rules’ what have accumulated over the years – we’ve got a lot!”)

Put them together and you’ve got the ‘MUNI Art’ Call for Artists.

And here’s your compensation:

“This is a high visibility opportunity for artists to have their work seen by thousands of persons daily”

Oh, and maybe you’ll make a couple thou to boot.

Also, resumes are required.

Now an art car has had its exterior prettified, made beautiful, but an “art bus” looks just like any other bus, oh well. Your winning piece won’t be seen by the millions outside of MUNI buses, oh no, oh well. (And please note that your art can’t promote the use of cars as transportation, under MUNI’s advertising rules. Hey, why not make your bus art an image of an art bus? It could work!)

Have at it:

Call for Artists
San Francisco Beautiful presents: MUNI Art
Application Deadline: June 19, 2015
Project Description
SF Beautiful is inviting artists to create original artwork to be digitally reproduced for display within 50 Muni Art buses in San Francisco this fall (2015).The artist will retain ownership of the artwork. This is a new initiative of SF Beautiful, in partnership with SFMTA. This is a high visibility opportunity for artists to have their work seen by thousands of persons daily.
5 winning designs will be selected by a public vote from a pool of pre qualified finalists. Each of the 5 artists will have their work displayed in 10 buses for a period of three months. No advertising will be displayed in the buses during this period.
Applicants must live in one of the following Bay Area counties:
• Alameda County
• Contra Costa County
• Marin County
• Napa County
• San Francisco County
• San Mateo County
• Santa Clara County
• Solano County
• Sonoma County
Artists who are selected as finalists are encouraged to develop designs that are evocative of “The Spirit of San Francisco.”
This can be broadly interpreted and should be appropriate for the context in which it will be displayed.
Selection Process
Stage 1:
Complete applications will be vetted by a Review Committee comprised of local gallery owners and art institutions.
Applications will be considered based on their eligibility, application materials, and adherence to SFMTA’s advertising policy, on pages 4 & 5.
Stage 2:
Finalists will submit initial designs that will be presented to the public through an online voting system.
Applications must include the following:
1. 1-page project proposal including:
a. Project Description (text only, no visuals of project at this time)
b. How your project relates to the theme – “The Spirit of San Francisco”
c. If your project will be continuous or multiple panels (example on page 3)
2. 1-page resume
3. No more than 4 images of previous work (submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF document)
a. Include medium, dimensions, date, and a brief description for each image

Why Is It That Only Sugar Sellers are Coming Out Against San Francisco’s Prop E?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Are all these billboards a joke from Coke, and Pepsi?

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Is this real life?

What it is is the strangest No On Prop ___ campaign I’ve ever seen.

But is it good enough to get 33% to vote No?


“Lean In” vs. Just Plain-Old Lean – Sheryl Sandberg’s Vaunted New-School Stock Photo Collection Kind of Looks Old-School

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Work with me here, people.

“Getty Images dumps cliched stock photos for new ‘Lean In Collection.’ Getty Images in partnership with Lean In has launched the ‘Lean In Collection’ of stock photos, replacing the cliched, sterilized images of women and girls we have come to see on everything from billboards to magazine ads.”

Be my guest if you want to buy expensive “Lean In” brand photos, by all means.

Oh look, here’s one now, from the first page:

Creative (RF) #186678755

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OK fine.

Oh, in closing, (pronounced with two syllables in a sing-song voice): “‘Shopped”

Harsh: North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus Mock the Richmond District for Being Foggy in the Summer – Billboard Ads – Snarky!

Friday, August 9th, 2013

As seen on Geary (east of Arguello in the Inner Inner Richmond, which some don’t consider to be in The Richmond at all fair ‘nough.)

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Direct your unfocused rage here.

Those Mobile Billboard Trucks are Back on Market Street – Clogging Traffic, Blocking the Box – Why Your MUNI Bus is Slow

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

I don’t know, if I wanted to create gridlock in SoMA / Financial / Union Square, I think I’d hire some jackasses to drive “mobile billboards” around the block and around the block all day long. 

“Blocking the box” yesterday with a mobile billboard truck in the middle of the intersection of 3rd Street and Market:

“Hey everybody! Stop everything and look at me!”

Reverse angle – now the driver is only blocking one lane of 3rd Street:

Note the Washington state license plates.

And here’s the result of the advertising trucks. Gridlock:

Oh well.

“Blocking the box” is illegal these days, but the SFPD doesn’t really hand out tickets for that, so have at it.

Now I’ll tell you, Lyft taxi, a service that you just might like, isn’t legal, but mobile billboards, a “service” that you don’t like, are legal, more or less.

Isn’t it ironic?

Don’t cha think?

I’m just sayin’

The Brands of SoMA: Coca Cola, Glammer Slammer, Yahoo!, Absolut, Shell, Target, and the Academy of Art University

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Which brands belong here?

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And which brands are missing?

Giant Trucks Drive Right Through San Francisco’s Ban on New Billboards

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Is this what you want to encounter on the streets of San Francisco – a mobile billboard from Do It Outdoors? You see, S.F. is having a tussle over whether we should have new fixed billboards in town, but apparently there’s nothing stopping new mobile billboards from travelling all over the place.  

Rest assured, this trucking company is saying, “We Do It Green.” [Please note yet another delightful double entendre from Do It Outdoors – what a playful corporation!]. Brace yourself for more information about carbon offsets. That means the more they drive the better things get, just as the more water we import from the South Pacific, the better off we are, cause like Fiji Water is carbon negative or something.

From Vegas with love, on Hayes Street. Click to expand: 


There’s lots to ponder as you drive around sipping your MGD Light – like how getting your fossil fuel hydrocarbons from coal really sucks, but petroleum, well petroleum that powers trucks, that must be A-OK.

Is that what they call greenwashing?

The mind boggles….