Flyposting is a thing of the past. Thanks to Camden Council. Pete Strange, the oddly titled Boulevard Project Manager, Camden Council, managed to get Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) served on those heroic street guerrillas a couple of years ago that made our streets less interesting According to the Guardian at the time ” Camden employed five council officers last year to deal with flyposting, which costs taxpayers in the borough around £250,000 per year.”
Well I am glad to report art on the streets is back! I noticed these amazing posters turning up on sites all over North East London, titled OPERATION MAGIC KINGDOM they were generating attention of onlookers this lunchtime.
I found the artist manifesto on a blog http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/
“The 2007 operation surge to crack down on insurgent activity in Iraq has failed. The Pentagon tries one last tactic. 400,000 leaflets are dropped into the suburbs of Bagdad, the message reads ‘Believe The Magic’. Children and parents maimed or injured by US forces will be given Disney vouchers worth $120.00.
The U.S. led ‘Operation Magic Kingdom’ moves into Bagdad, adopting the UK’s ‘Winning Hearts And Minds’ tactic by wearing masks portraying loveable and friendly Disney characters in a bid to gain the confidence of the Iraqi people. The rules of engagement have been changed to include ‘try and be more fun before firing’.
‘Operation Magic Kingdom’ is hitting the streets of Shoreditch, London and beyond with a billboard and flyposter campaign.
One billboard under the bridge at the end of Old Street will show a different image for 3 consecutive weeks supported by the extensive flypostering of 2 designs around the area.
The leader of the C.N.P.D. was unavailable for comment but has previously opened a Terrorist Aware Gift shop in 2004 in time for the Christmas massive (Original story available by clicking here).
Believe the magic
More art on the streets please