Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night.
“God sees everything,” repeated Wilson.
“That’s an advertisement,” Michaelis assured him.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Drivers in Las Vegas were alarmed Wednesday morning when they saw what appeared to be men in suits hanging from signs along Interstate 15. The bodies appeared to be hung from nooses tied to billboards. One of the billboards read, “Dying for Work,” and the second said, “Hope You’re Happy Wall St.”
Jeremie Elliot, a trooper with the Nevada Highway Patrol, said they started getting calls from concerned motorists around 6:30 a.m. The vandalized billboards were about 5 miles apart, located at the I-15 and I-95 intersection, known to locals as the Spaghetti Bowl, Las Vegas’ largest and busiest intersections.
The Highway Patrol and billboard owners worked together to rectify the alarming visual. Mannequins were removed quickly to prevent any potential accident from motorists who may have been distracted by the sight. Elliot said, “Once people see that, everybody’s concerned about whether or not it’s real and they lose focus on what they’re doing. We did not have any accidents, luckily.”
This past week the city of Oxford was sued (in both the federal and local courts) by Lamar OCI South Corp. in the company’s efforts to keep their billboards in their current locations. The lawsuits stemmed from a 2004 modification on their sign ordinance. The ordinance limits the current billboards to only “industrial-zoned” areas. Continue reading »
Two billboard companies may add their names to the list of advertising groups on Tampa’s electronic billboards. CBS and Clear Channel Outdoor have asked the city for permission to add 14 (more than double their previous request of 6) electronic billboards to Tampa’s roadsides. Continue reading »
It could be lights out for the Times Square Kodak digital billboard. Kodak aims to sell the lease on its 40 foot digital billboard if the imaging company wins bankruptcy court approval. Eastman Kodak Co. filed court papers Wednesday requesting both permission to sell while limiting the lease to adverts for certain Kodak products. Continue reading »
Travelers in Missouri may be viewing more billboards as they drive along the state’s roads and highways according to legislation endorsed this week. The House’s unanimous measure allows non-compliant billboards to be converted to digital formatting as long as the signs were compliant with rules as of Aug. 27, 1999. This date choice allows for the inclusion of double stacked signs to become digital; these signs had been outlawed after that date. Continue reading »
In a time of continued economic concerns, homeowners in fear of foreclosure seek innovative ways to get back on track. A marketing company based in California, Brainiacs from Mars, began painting houses, turning them into giant billboards this past February. Continue reading »
At the time of iPad3′s release, Apple’s flagship store in Manhattan made an advertising error- a marketing faux pas for a company known for its innovation and advertising genius. As Apple fans stood in long lines flanking the store located in the Meatpacking district, the giant billboard atop the store boasted the new release’s predecessor: the iPad 2. Continue reading »
A billboard on the New Jersey turnpike will provide the New Jersey Turnpike Authority with $1.2 million a year under their new 20 year contract, awarded Tuesday to Clear Channel Outdoor of New York. This figure is double the previous revenue from the billboard, which was $600,000 a year. Continue reading »
AP Press reported recently a division among lawyers in South Dakota. Their House of Representatives has approved a measure on billboards stating municipalities cannot prohibit advertising that the state allows. These municipalities can, however, determine the brightness of lights and measurements of digital signs. This decision has lawmakers divided between those for local control and those who believe city governments shouldn’t overrule state law. Continue reading »
Atheist billboards are going to decorate Brooklyn area this week. The billboards will show a message “You know it’s a myth, and you have a choice” and are paid for by American Atheists (atheists.org).
Ads that display text in Hebrew and English will go to Brooklyn on Monday, versions in Arabic will go up also in Paterson, New Jersey.
American Atheists organization says the billboards are not meant to attack anybody or any beliefs, they are targeting people from the Muslim and Jewish communities who might be under pressure for their beliefs or lack of them.
American Atheists is planning to post similar billboards in other communities too.
More information: http://www.atheists.org/atheism/Billboards2011
According to London news reports, regulations regarding billboard advertising around the Olympic stadium have been relaxed. This change opens up the market beyond sponsors who had first refusal on quality locations during the July and August Games. Continue reading »