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Agent’s old signboards are turned into £125 art by Coldplay’s graffiti artist

Somerset agency Cooper and Tanner has offered up its 'retired' For Sale signs to the Frome artist for his latest international exhibition tour.

Nigel Lewis

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Agents wondering what to do with the mountain of knackered For Sale signboards accumulating in their back yards might want to follow the example of Somerset estate agency Cooper and Tanner.

It has handed over its old signs to Frome-based internationally-acclaimed artist Paris for his latest work collection, which is now exhibiting at the town’s main gallery.

The hook-up with the artist is not its normal agency marketing activity – Cooper and Tanner is a traditional rural property firm while Paris is a graffiti-style artist whose work was seen at the 2012 Olympics and also commissioned by band Coldplay for their recent international tours.

“For some years, Paris has been keen to create a durable and lightweight exhibition, with a focus on repurposing materials,” says a Cooper and Tanner spokesperson.

“The aim has also been to create a visual feast for the viewer that can be easily taken on tour across the UK and internationally.

“The resulting body of work successfully echoes Protest art throughout the ages whilst also referencing the output of many of the young Artists in New York’s Lower East Side in the 1970s and 80s.

signboards“By using a range of local materials alongside wood, tape, photocopies, collage, paint and varnish, the spectrum of pieces in this exhibition is a representation of the long traditions of Folk Art and symbolic carnivals with an autobiographical emphasis.

“The answer is that Paris found the perfect materials for this project in the form of our retired for sale boards.

“These have already served one purpose, to advertise our clients homes and now they have a second lease of life, repurposed and transformed into exceptional works of art.”

The repurposed signboards, which are being displayed at an exhibition in Frome at its Gallery at the Station venue until 9th June, are being sold for £125.

Foxtons’ signboards also made headlines when several it had discarded were made into a floating home in London.

May 23, 2022

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