Mural to incentivize athletes or celebrities to support public protests and uprisings
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Miloš StankovićDec 06, 2021
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Recently I saw quite a few questions about how to incentivize celebrities to back the people in public protests.
Obviously, their words of support would mean a lot in climates where the regime holds the mass media, it could also get the limelight on the problem from outside of the country.
Celebs, particularly athletes often get honoured by murals, so I thought of an art piece that would shame celebs into action.
To avoid the real-life mess that inspired me and keep it theoretical, let's say the Irish are protesting pollution and have been beaten by the police and masked hooligans paid by the regime.
So the mural would have a big Conor McGregor figure getting uplifted by the people, praised, adored as he was in his rise to fame. Particularly relevant for his success, yet there is the audience/people element in every major athlete's career, be it by the sheer numbers for their social media presence that they sell to marketers, or by actual live game support and buying their merchandise. It applies similarly to actors and singers.
As the big lavish McGregor figure is being adored by the crowd, rows of smaller-drawn humans, with them wearing his shirts, tweeting at him, yelling support. The rows in the back are getting darker and darker in colour. The last rows are suffocating in pollution, coughing while getting beaten by the police and masked hooligans with bats.
Somewhat similar in concept to this, albeit more horizontal.
Playing the devil's advocate, a few thoughts come to mind:
They might not want to get involved
They might not agree with the protesters
They can't hide in the masses and would feel the full wrath of the govt. they would be rising against
Dragging them in with a mural is not unlike what cancel culture does. "Either you are with us or we will point fingers at you which will take a toll on your social status."
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NFTs with a powerful message
J. NikolaDec 10, 2021
I like the idea of a mural because it's an everyday thing that "lives" within the community. But, at the same time, it only affects people that see it. Also, people passing by it every day could feel the impact of their community "hero", but could also get very used to it. I am not saying it couldn't work, but even if it ends up in popular magazines, it's a message with limited coverage and it will probably "fade" over time.
Maybe a current trend, NFTs, could help. If an artist creates powerful digital art showing the same thing as a mural, it's more likely to go viral and affect much more people!
I know that some problems are meant to stay local, but it's just a suggestion for those things that affect everyone.