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What is this?

Screenprinted (artist's proof) poster with the text "OIL & WATER" and a rectangular block with a wavy line suggesting water printed in brown oil. White paper ground shows through the block to form the text "DO NOT MIX" "GULF OF MEXICO - 2010".

Why is this in our collection?

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also known as the BP oil spill) in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, designer and graphic artist Anthony Burrill was approached by Tom Galle and Cecilia Azcarate Isturiz, the creative team at the innovative communications agency, Happiness Brussels. Galle and Isturiz asked Burrill to design a poster that would be printed with oil from the spill. Burrill was drawn to the opportunity to produce something positive from such a disaster. A few days later, Burrill submitted his design. Isturiz and Galle flew to Louisiana to capture oil from the spill that had leeched into the sandy beaches of the coastline. Upon their arrival, they found the entire beach cordoned off but,... more

This is a poster from United States. It is dated 2010 and we acquired it in 2012. Gift of Anthony Burrill.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 107 as part of How Posters Work.

Its medium is

screenprint with oil culled from the gulf of mexico, sand, and extender base on white wove paper

Its dimensions are

76.2 x 50.8 cm (30 x 20 in.)

It is signed

In graphite, lower right: Anthony Burrill

This object was team member: Tom Galle and Cecilia Azcarate Isturiz and printed by Purple Monkey Design and published by Happiness Brussels and designed by Anthony Burrill

This object was donated by Anthony Burrill

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Poster, Oil and Water Do Not Mix, 2010 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=4 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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