Times Square Anti-War Billboard
Artist: Project Billboard
Date of Action: July 2004
Region: North America
Location: Manhattan, New York
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Commercial Advertising
Confronting Bodies: Clear Channel
Description of Artwork: The billboard featured a bomb and the words "Democracy is Best Taught by Example, Not by War," all colored in red, white and blue. The billboard was to be in place in Times Square while the Republican National Convention was being held in New York.
The Incident: Clear Channel, the company which owned the billboard, refused to show it, which led to breach in contract proceedings.
Results of Incident: Ultimately, a compromise was reached. Clear Channel agreed to put up the billboard, on the condition that the bomb imagery was changed to a dove instead, and that a second billboard would be provided that featured the words "Total Cost of the Iraq War to Date," with a rising number tally.
See also http://articles.cnn.com/2004-07-12/justice/billboard.lawsuit_1_billboard-space-project-billboard-clear-channel?_s=PM:LAW and http://articles.cnn.com/2004-07-16/justice/billboard.lawsuit_1_project-billboard-clear-channel-billboard-division?_s=PM:LAW