Does anyone remember the golden age of Art Attack with Neil Buchanan? The best bit of the long-running children’s art show was the bit at the end when he made a picture on a huge scale using various objects. There was that picture of the Queen made up of £250,000 worth of £10 notes. It’s not just fans of ‘Big Art Attack’ who will appreciate a recent exhibition of rock star portraits along similar lines.
TBWA Italy, a Milanese ad agency, used 6,500 CDs to create pictures of Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Freddie Mercury. It took artists Mirco Pagano, 29, and Moreno De Turco, 25, 200 hours and, in each case, they even used the musicians’ own CDs. It makes it even cooler that it was part of a campaign against music piracy. Pagano said:
“Piracy infects and destroys music, preventing artists to succeed and become idols as in the past. Their recognition is at risk. Only original CDs allow us to understand who they are and make them universally recognisable icons. A portrait made of pirate CDs would create a non-artist.
All photos courtesy of TBWA
2James Brown – ‘Can’t Stand Your Love’
3Jim Morrison – ‘This Is The End’
4Jimi Hendrix – ‘I Don’t Live Today’
5Michael Jackson – ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’
6Bob Marley – ‘Is This Love?’
7Elvis – ‘Don’t Be Cruel’