The ad is one of three for beer companies on my morning route. One is a billboard obviously targeting young African-American males, the other two are generic payphone displays. This one is in front of the local mosque, smack in the middle of the sidewalk hangout spot for the neighborhood’s Muslim community. Since the Quran calls alcohol “Satan’s handiwork” it’s not surprising that this ad’s arrival was probably viewed as an unwelcome intrusion.
I don’t want to read too much into this, but after the recent controversies over Hummer and Time magazine‘s street art ad campaigns, passing by this one every day made me think about all the tiny ways that art, public space, and commercialism are contested day to day. Just thought I’d share.