Art exhibits are more easily observable when they are outside. Such is the case with banners, billboards and posters. Automobile drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and truck drivers can admire this outdoor, Chicago art without parking, locking their bicycles on fences or sitting on fire hydrants.
Although websites have banners, many Chicago streets have banners in portrait orientation; their length is longer than their width. These banners are cloth, and they hang from light poles. These banner types advertise communities or events, and they display scenes and/or fancy text on the cloth.
Billboards are usually huge commercials. Chicago’s billboards are usually at least 12 feet (wide) x eight feet (high). This commercialism style art can be downtown or in the suburbs. Billboards that are observable from Chicago’s expressways usually have lighting so that drivers can see them from at least ¼ mile distant.
Posters are medium size commercials. In Chicago, posters that advertise movies and television shows are in the glass at bus stop kiosks, and in special frames at commuter train stations. These posters are usually four feet (high) x four feet (width).
The following list of outdoor, Chicago art is throughout Chicago. Some of the posters that are still on display (as of the date of this article) advertise a movie or television show that has already premiered. Many people will be familiar with some of the products advertised in some of these posters.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (television show)
- Baggage Claim (movie)
- Greg Norman-Macys (poster)
- Nokia Lumia (billboard)
- Moto X-1 (poster)
- Moto X-2 (poster)
- Moto X-3 (poster)
- Reign (television show)
- Starbucks (poster)
- South Shore (banner)
Agents of Shield-dark poster
Many of these AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. posters are at CTA train stations or at CTA bus stop kiosks. The high contrast of the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo and the central, white area is artsy. This shows pilot episode premiered last Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 on ABC. Some of Marvel Comic’s, other interesting characters are Captain America, Doctor Strange, Iron Man and Spiderman.
Baggage Claim-movie poster
Baggage Claim is now playing at Chicago-land, movie theaters. This poster’s, artistic qualities are the display of its characters on two levels against a white background. (I am assuming that the characters on the top level are the main characters.)
Greg Norman-Macy’s poster
Although you may think this poster advertises a golf tournament or the pictured golfer, it actually advertises Greg Norman’s clothing line (See the print in the upper right corner.) and Macy’s department store. The inferred action of the golfer is an artistic touch.
Moto X (number 1 poster)
Commercialism Style, artistic posters must grab your attention. The drink that is embedded in the block of ice certainly does that. The Moto X phone is artistic with its simplicity; perhaps this is Minimalism Style art.
Moto X (number 2 poster)
This is another interesting, artistic and creative, Moto X poster. The bicycle in the left frame is certainly unique. Would not people who ride this type of bicycle get a cramp in their backs?
Moto X (3 poster)
If you look carefully, you will see that the creative element is on one of the lady’s finger. This poster is at several, CTA train stations.
This billboard, which is at 79th Street and Greenwood Avenue, advertises the Nokia Lumia camera. Artistic elements are the simple, yellow camera in front of a sky-blue background. The simple-looking, yellow camera also contrasts artistically with the complicated-appearing camera behind it.
Reign-bus stop poster
Although this poster of the upcoming, WGN television show, Reign, is at a bus stop kiosk, some may be at CTA, commuter train stations. The main character’s (Mary Queen of Scots), fancy clothing is artistic.
South Shore banner
Having a pastoral, almost painterly style, this banner on Chicago’s Stoney Island Boulevard, hangs stiffly from a light pole. The banner advertises Chicago’s, South Shore community.
This Starbuck’s poster creatively advertises one of its coffee drinks with pictures inside a cup. This poster was at a CTA train station.