The top news for the past couple of days has been Steve Jobs’ passing away, and the #OccupyWallStreet movement. The movement started September 17th and is still going on. There’s been coverage about it but one can tell that its not the full-coverage that we are all receiving. Though, that is a story for another time and place.
Meanwhile, from all of the recent developments of it, there has been a surge of passionate story-telling be it in a form of a tweet, an interview,1 or a written, poetic “official statement” which was recently read out by Keith Olbermann.2
Another product of this, I must say, has been the print-design work that has been made available to the public by Adbusters. The one that stands out the most to me is the visual-art piece with the dancer on the “Charging Bull”.
It’s a memorable composition of images. The Bull, “the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity“3 and Wall Street, has been pranced on by a beautiful, gracious dancer. I think the dancer represents the ebb and flow of the American Dream, and that of civil liberties. Now on top, it is on pace to take control of the bull, not forcefully, but with grace and serenity. She leads the way to success and finds herself on the bull because of how she approached the chaos; not with violence or vengeance, which in this case is represented by the smoky scene and masked crowd in the background. Well, that is how I interpret this piece anyways; it can be different to yours.
Continuing, other ones that I like are:
You may see more works here.
In case you have seen in the news or in bookstores/newsstands, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2011 is “The Protestor”.
The artwork was created by none other than Shepard Fairey. Here is the background story of the piece.
where can i found the first picture in high size? like a A3. thx!
Hey Victor. Sorry, I wasn’t able to find a higher res version myself from http://www.adbusters.org/. You might want to contact them…
I find your point of view veeeeery interesting and well pull together, I´m in my last semester of graphic design and Im doing my theses about non traditional campaing including the ones from adbusters, congrats! this really helped me.
Thanks for the kind and insightful comment. Well appreciated. Good luck with your thesis, and congrats in advance with your last semester ^^ Be well, and I hope you inspire others with your future work.