Crononauta: stylized photos of Brazil's abandoned public clocks

Brazilian artist Diego Kuffer writes, " I have a new series of photos called 'Chrononaut'. It's about how experience shapes the way we perceive the world and reality. Also, it pictures public clocks in Sao Paulo that are abandoned, because it isn't allowed anymore to post ads in public spaces, as part of a law that forbids this kind of visual pollution."

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  1. “a law that forbids this kind of visual pollution”

    a GREAT idea (though this seems very exploitable, so unfortunately a slippery slope)

    1.  Is this a chronic condition or new to this situation? Or maybe this is a statement of intent? I don’t feel you have given us enough information here.

    2. These clocks used to have advertisement on them, which paid for their keep. The advertisement in public spaces has been prohibited, thus many clocks have been just abandoned with no maintenance.

      1. Chronic, with bouts of clarity.

        Thanks Cristiano!
        It sounds like someone should add some street art to these things.

    1. I was in Sao Paulo early this year.  It really is cool to be in a huge city, and be able to see the city, not a huge mess of billboards that block your view everywhere.  I wish my city would do something similar.

  2. I’m loving the George Braque-esque feel to these photos but can’t get past “it isn’t allowed anymore to post ads in public spaces”. Sounds heavenly but how did Big Corps® ever allow the government to do that? 

    1. It wasn’t that difficult, because everyone thought so impossible such law to be passed that everyone was caught off-guard. And the population response was so positive that no one has the balls to go against it. Actually the law was a general ban on large-format signage, With the Times Square style electronic billboards (which we kind of liked) also were prohibited ugly storefront signage that hid early 20th Century buildings in downtown. Whole neighborhoods were renovated just by that. 

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