billboards in the city


The billboards you spot around town on old buildings, construction sites, roads and wherever else space is available for rent, clearly suggest that Berlin is an El Dorado for outdoor advertising. In place of the nokia one – just last week (when I did not have my camera with me) – a pretty fancy billboard for itunes or the ipod – some appleish thing…

6 Comments so far

  1. wi11iam13 (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:54 am

    where is that? directly across from the hauptbahnof?

  2. till (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

    Yeah, across the street.

  3. sum1 (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    I hope this unparalleled visual pollution will be banned soon like in Sao Paulo. Until then people help themselves:

    I don’t know anybody who likes that huge real life spam. Do you really do or do you work for an ad agency yourself?

  4. till (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    Must admit, that I like them if they are creative or if they show “cool stuff”. I don’t work for an ad agency, but I find myself trapped in one’s environment.

    So I actually do enjoy advertising and commercials if they are any good.

    Last but not least, there’s plenty of streetartsy stuff going on with the giant billboards – at least in Berlin, so it’s pretty interesting from different perspectives.

  5. sum1 (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    i would prefer those areas to be covered in streetart in the first place. in any case this public space robbed from the public. for anyone at least a little accustomed to art and design most ads are just wacky. haven’t seen any “good” ones yet. if you deem shiny, glossy, flashy or fleshy “good” than you probably are right, but i can’t stand the hypocrisy of ads shwoing a distorted reality as an omnipresent role model to follow.

  6. till (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 9:42 am

    Oh yeah. I mean, I don’t look at ads as an “omnipresent role model to follow”. I like the creativity (if there is any), and then I think it also brightens up the space with “something else”.

    For me (= personally), I like all kinds of ads, but that doesn’t mean, I’d actually buy the product. Sure it attracts attention and sparks interest, but for me there’s more to know about it than the ad.

    Anyway, there are many buildings undergoing reconstruction, and I like some of the ads more than the naked scaffolding.

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