Digital billboards are ugliest graffit

04/15/2014 9:04 AM

04/15/2014 5:01 PM

Re "City would sprout new digital billboards in Kings deal" (Our Region, April 15): In addition to spending hundreds of millions of dollars to support a very weak basketball team, the city is granting the rights to erect six digital billboards around the city to the new team owners. I, and thousands of other citizens, have no interest in being assaulted by visual pollution. Let an artist with a spray can create an attractive mural on a bare concrete wall and people will cry "vandalism." But let the economic system create billboards pushing products everywhere we turn, mostly for things we have no interest in, and people seem to accept the intrusions. I lecture on public art and public space which belongs to all of us. I consider billboards to be the ugliest graffiti of all.

-- James Prigoff, Sacramento

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