This past Friday, Bacardi held a competition for local graffiti artists. The eight winners had 48 hours to paint a mural ad on the north wall of The Fox and Fiddle at John and Adelaide. The finished mural should be completed tonight.
I think that it's great that local artists are getting a chance to showcase their work, but I also have some mixed feelings. It's far too easy for a large company to gain a little street-cred by co-opting the graffiti community.
So while the effort by Bacardi is a bit transparent, it's also great to have local artists painting the ads we see everyday instead of nameless agencies. It was also probably a good idea to give the press free mojitos and chicken wings.
Photos after "the jump"...
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