Times Square Anti-War Billboard

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Artist: Project Billboard

Year: 2004

Date of Action: July 2004

Region: North America

Location: Manhattan, New York

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Commercial Advertising

Confronting Bodies: Clear Channel

Description of Artwork: The billboard featured a bomb and the words "Democracy is Best Taught by Example, Not by War," all colored in red, white and blue. The billboard was to be in place in Times Square while the Republican National Convention was being held in New York.

The Incident: Clear Channel, the company which owned the billboard, refused to show it, which led to breach in contract proceedings.

Results of Incident: Ultimately, a compromise was reached. Clear Channel agreed to put up the billboard, on the condition that the bomb imagery was changed to a dove instead, and that a second billboard would be provided that featured the words "Total Cost of the Iraq War to Date," with a rising number tally.


See also http://articles.cnn.com/2004-07-12/justice/billboard.lawsuit_1_billboard-space-project-billboard-clear-channel?_s=PM:LAW and http://articles.cnn.com/2004-07-16/justice/billboard.lawsuit_1_project-billboard-clear-channel-billboard-division?_s=PM:LAW