Sunday, March 3, 2024


shot by FotoFetch

With all the joy and press about digital programmatic altering the OOH panorama, let’s not neglect the granddaddy of OOH that bought us right here within the first place, the painted wall, AKA “Hand Paints”, “Murals”

The documented historical past of this artwork type goes again over 5500 years; they had been present in Egyptian tombs, probably selling toothpaste and deodorant within the afterlife.  Painted commercials on the edges of city buildings and nation barns had been ubiquitous all through the nineteenth and early twentieth century American cities and rising byways, the predecessor to our modern-day bulletin.

With the invention of the lithographic press within the mid-1800, shade posters had been launched, however as a result of mixture of glue and paper, they’d limitations to rival the dimensions of their older sibling. The painted wall reigned supreme, with its massive brick, plaster, and picket canvases, promoting every little thing from apples to zippers of their typographic splendor.

picture by Steve Lind

Final week I acquired an enchanting picture taken by one in all our FotoFetch photographers on task in Brooklyn, NY.  It captured a quick second in time of a workforce of artisans busy with their palettes of colourful pigment engaged on a painted wall.  This identical expertise has taken place over the millennia just about unchanged, with artists utilizing their skilled expertise portray photographs in courtyards, villas, temples, and public areas all through the traditional world. Within the final a number of many years, painted murals have regained a rebirth masking forgotten city buildings, historic districts, and downtown buildings, honoring memorable figures, necessary occasions, ethnic cultures, and social justice. Cities have expanded and relaxed their allowance of promoting on buildings in areas deemed historic if the pictures are hand-painted. All this colourful hustle and bustle reclaiming a lot of our nation’s public areas painted with photographs and messages solely offers our business a constructive gentle in our communities. In order we proceed to increase into our digital world, let’s be aware and honor the wealthy OOH historical past that bought us right here within the first place, the painted wall.


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