Chicago’s Year of Public Art rolls on with the OVERRIDE project, which brings together a range of artists from Tokyo to Los Angeles who worked in the world of billboards. While most people might not think of billboards as a way to convey a range of artistic ideas, this cadre of talent welcomes the challenge and the visibility of such urban adornments.

These billboards will be up through September 17 and they are sponsored by Expo Chicago and the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

One piece that should not be missed is David Shrigley’s NEWS Bulletins, which is located at 515 W. Congress Parkway. The billboard features headlines of either absurd fake news or mundane, everyday occurrences. As visitors look up, it will certainly give them reason to pause and consider the daily act of news consumption and related matters.

The installations are up 24 hours a day, so bring some friends, pick some local restaurants to visit, and make sure to take lots of photos. This is truly a unique experience and one that might even inspire a new generation of artists and visionaries.

VIsit the Expo website to peruse a list of all the billboards, locations, and participating artists.


Image: Genevieve Gaignard, Selfie (2016). Courtesy of Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles.