Tacoma Urbanist

Mar. 25, 2011 at 12:01am

Tacoma Artists Express Community Outrage Over Threat of Blightful Digital Billboards


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 planning@cityoftacoma.org

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 7:57am
Lord Xenu!
Lord Xenu is Clear Channel

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