With urban artists like Ox, Ludo, Vermibus or Neko being specialized in this kind of critical vandalism and cities like Berlin and Madrid getting ad-busted on a grand scale, street ad takeovers seem to be quite popular these days. Now it’s Toronto’s turn…
Mainly targeting billboards and advertisement street signs, the cARTographyTO crew has been responsible for 35 ad-busting hacks all over Toronto. A spokesperson for cARTographyTO stated,
These structures are billboards masquerading as sources of useful public information. When you look at the pillars, it’s hard to find the maps, and this goes against the City’s own public space guidelines. How could City Hall allow this to happen? Beyond mere visual pollution, these pillars are a safety hazard. And Astral’s influence on our city is a public insult and embarrassment – more power has been given to those who already have the loudest voices, to the detriment of all who use these spaces.