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'Oil & Water Do Not Mix'

Poster
2010 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

poster, screen printed with oil from the Gulf of Mexico on white paper, top half 'Oil & Water' in brown oil, bottom half 'Do Not Mix' in white, surrounded by brown oil.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Screen printed with oil
Brief Description
'Oil & Water Do Not Mix' poster, screen printed with oil from the Gulf of Mexico, designed by Anthony Burrill, UK, 2010
Physical Description
poster, screen printed with oil from the Gulf of Mexico on white paper, top half 'Oil & Water' in brown oil, bottom half 'Do Not Mix' in white, surrounded by brown oil.
Dimensions
  • Height: 50.5cm
  • Width: 79cm
Production typeLimited edition
Marks and Inscriptions
  • OIL &/WATER/DO NOT/MIX
  • GULF OF MEXICO - 2010
Credit line
Given by the artist
Object history
Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, Anthony Burrill was approached by Tom Galle and Cecilia Azcarate, the creative team at the communications agency Happiness Brussels. Galle and Azcarate asked Burrill to design a poster using oil from the spill.

Azcarate and Galle travelled to Louisiana to take samples of the oil but found the beach sealed off by BP security. However, they managed to collect some buckets with sand saturated by crude oil which was subsequently brought to Purple Monkey Design, a commercial print shop in New Orleans, to be separated out into a useable printing material.

Burrill's poster design features a simple slogan: OIL & WATER DO NOT MIX. Azcarate, Galle, and Burrill launched a website through which the posters were sold, with all proceeds going toward the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL).



Production
Edition of 200
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession Number
E.1086-2011

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record createdMarch 2, 2012
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