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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 Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, Anthony Burrill was approached by Tom Galle and Cecilia Azcarate Isturiz, the creative team at the innovative communications agency Happiness Brussels.  Isturiz and Galle asked Burrill to create a design for a poster that would be printed with oil from the spill.  Burrill was drawn to the opportunity to produce something positive out of the tragic disaster.  A few days later, Burrill submitted his design and Isturiz and Galle flew to the 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 when BP... more

This is a poster from United States. It is dated 2010 and we acquired it in 2012. Gift of Anthony Burrill. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

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

Its dimensions are

76.2 x 50.8 cm (30 x 20 in.)

It is signed

In graphite, lower right: Anthony Burrill

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