Interesting: an org called The Billboard Art Project has rented a local electronic billboard so it can use it to display art during July. The billboard is located on Fuller Road between Central Ave and Railroad Ave.
From the blurbage for the project:
The Billboard Art Project is a nonprofit organization that acquires digital billboards normally used for advertising and repurposes them as roadside galleries. Projects are held in cities all over the country and are open to all individuals and groups who are interested in participating.
There's a Flickr stream of previous billboard collections in other cities.
The project's director, David Morrison, tells us in an email that they picked Albany in part because of an invitation from local artist/curator Jennifer Hunold. And about how they picked the spot on Fuller:
The exact location of the billboard was determined by a combination of things. First, we look for a billboard that has the availability so we can book it. The next thing we look for is a place where people can pull over an watch the show. The third thing is it is always great if traffic stops around the billboard for a stop sign, traffic light, whatever. In this case, people stop on Cherry and Dorlyn as they wait to turn onto Fuller. If they are looking both ways as all good drivers should, they might catch a glimpse of some artwork! 18,000 to 20,000 cars pass by each day.
Hunold -- who you might remember from the Be Nice project -- is also a curator at the Collar Works Gallery in Troy. She's collaborated with the Billboard Art Project on a gallery show there of previous billboard art.
The opening for the gallery show is June 29 at Collar Works in Troy (444 River Street) -- Morrison will be there for a short talk and Q&A.
Three of the pieces that will be part of the billboard exhibit are after the jump, along with a press release with more info.
By Griffin Clark
By Meredith A. Conti
By Laurel Garcia Colvin
photo: Jennifer Hunold
Billboard Art Project in Albany
Fuller Road and Dorlyn Rd
Colonie, NY 12205
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