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ROLLING STONES '73 TOUR, TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD

Barbara Sparhawk

Carmel Valley, United States

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The NEXT Rolling Stones World Tour tickets went on sale today, stand back Madison Square Garden! So I thought I’d post this again, the billboard I painted in 1973 in Times Square, New York City. It was quite an undertaking, the thing is mammoth. You can see the stop lights on 42nd Street in the lower right hand corner. The photograph was taken just when the Made in the Shade cover I painted was launched into place. It gets a lot of attention in my Big Sur gallery, The Hawks Perch.

Rolling Stones World Tour 1973.
The New York City billboard was on 42nd Street, Times Square — I painted the album cover, “Made In The Shade” for ArtKraft-Strauss & Co. sign company that hangs in the eagle’s talons.
World’s biggest billboard at the time, the building’s been torn down but it was a city block long theatre marquee.
Paul Chan did the turbo eagle. The album cover (David Bowie in a lawn chair, in drag) was composed of over 20 pieces of 4 X 8 foot masonite sections. It changed every week for the duration of the Stone’s tour. The thing was HUGE. I did it in 15 days, my first billboard, and Sam the director kept saying SPARHAWK HURRY UP!!
The trickiest challenge was the curved chrome under Bowie’s hand.
This photograph shows it across Times Square, you can see the corner stop lights.

This is a black and white, sepia toned photograph of the original and there isn’t another like it in the world. The photographic, mounted, canvas, matted prints are all a good price, you can get a really huge poster too.
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