brian kane digitally restores nature in place of interstate advertising
 
brian kane digitally restores nature in place of interstate advertising brian kane digitally restores nature in place of interstate advertising
jul 23, 2015

brian kane digitally restores nature in place of interstate advertising

brian kane digitally restores nature in place of interstate advertising
photography by nate wieselquist and simone schiess

 

 

 

creating an unexpected moment of introspection for massachusetts drivers during their daily commute, ubiquitous interstate billboards have been stripped of their loud promotional messages and replaced with serene images of nature. artist brian kane has created the ‘healing tool’ project for people in cars, realized as a temporary public art installation on freeways. each work corresponds to its surrounding context, substituting the pieces of the landscape that advertising banners typically block from view, back onto the billboard face — much like photoshops digital ‘healing tool’.

 

 


brian kane: healing tool, 2015
video courtesy of briankane

 

 

 

throughout the hours of the day, a dynamic sequence of visuals sourced from the encompassing area are displayed on screen, creating a dimensional window that uncovers treetops, forest floors and starry skies hidden by the banner. by night, high-resolution images of the moon are synced to the daily phase, so people can view the moon despite the effects of urban light pollution.

 

the project is ‘ambiguously green’, kane says, appearing to replace the artificial with the natural, when it is in fact technology simulating a nature replacement. additionally, it is also a form of ‘unvertising’ — a campaign without a message. ‘by removing the marketing message from the advertising space, we create an unexpected moment of introspection. people are allowed to interpret an image based on their own experience, and not necessarily with the singular focus of the advertiser’s intent.’

brian kane healing tool
each work corresponds to its surrounding context

brian kane healing tool
the visuals substitute pieces of the landscape that advertising banners typically block from view

brian kane healing tool
an image of the milky way is shown on new moon night

brian kane healing tool
at night, high-resolution images of the moon are synced to the daily phase

brian kane healing tool
the project aims to provide a moment of temporary relief during the daily grind of commuting

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