Thursday, May 31, 2007

All aboard

Advertising is definitely get its money’s worth out of grafitti these days.

Recent highlights of this trend include the Absolut billboards from last year and the Haviana’s murals I blogged about last week.

Whether these collaborations are the result of a tired industry borrowing from the street, or an underground culture selling out, depends on which side of the street art fence you sit I guess.

The latest graf campaign to hit the streets, or more accurately tracks, is by Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett for the Manchester International Festival.

Created in collaboration with street artist Choo, the artwork covers nine train carriages and features over ninety images and characters.

Which may well make it the longest piece of outdoor ever made.