Mar. 25, 2011 at 12:01am
There are many words to describe how damaging billboards are to the quality of life in the city. Some of which are written in this article from the Planning Commissioner's Journal:
1. Billboards are a form of pollution -- visual pollution
Over the years, billboards have been described as the "junk mail of the highway," "litter on a stick," "visual kudzu," "urban blight," and more, but in their simplest form billboards are a form of visual pollution.
Regulating billboards is no different from regulating noxious fumes, sewage discharges, or excessive noise. The U.S. Supreme Court has said: "Pollution is not limited to the air we breathe and the water we drink; it can equally offend the eye and ear."
While the messages on a billboard can be ugly or ordinary when they are enlarged to the size of a house, placed on poles 50-100 feet high, randomly strewn along every street, even covering entire buildings, they become a visual and environmental hazard. Like overly loud noise -- strictly regulated in many communities -- billboards thrust a discordant commercial note into our environment. They deprive us of visual access to scenic vistas and create a strident, hectic atmosphere in cities
However, sometimes pictures and illustrations are worth 10,000 words. Here are some artistic contributions from Tacoma artists concerning the bizarre proposal to willing permit electronic billboards to spam Tacomans with 24/7 commercials:
Anti Electronic Billboard Art Gallery by Tacoma Artists:
Artist: M & C Shaudis
Artist : Unknown
Artist : RR Anderson
Artist : Jeremy Gregory
Artist: Stuart Neiman
Please post other Tacoma billboard art below.
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by Erik on 3/25/2011 @ 1:08am
|Of course there was the original artwork:
by The Jinxmedic on 3/25/2011 @ 6:14am
|Don't forget this two-for-one piece: comics.feedtacoma.com/ocryx/ocryx-digita...
by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 7:55am
|LAST DAY you can send EMAIL OF RAGE to firstname.lastname@example.org
by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 7:57am
|Lord Xenu! |
by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 8:03am
by Jesse on 3/25/2011 @ 8:19am
|All the "Constitutions Matter" campaign proved to me is that there are more billboards than even I previously thought as they all stuck out with replication and the bold blue background.|
by cisserosmiley on 3/25/2011 @ 10:08am
by Erik on 3/25/2011 @ 11:09am
|Nice. There is one CM piece I had not seen before.|
@Cissero: if you know of some of the artists name for the pieces, please list them. Thx.
by L.S.Erhardt on 3/25/2011 @ 7:33pm
|You forgot Tacoma's most brilliant cartoonist!
by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 7:46pm
|YES!!! FAIL WHALE FTW!|
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