Rolling Stones World Tour: 42nd Street Billboard

Barbara Sparhawk

Carmel Valley, United States

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Largest billboard in America, Times Square New York, one city block long. Now gone, building torn down.
My buddy Paul Chan painted the HUGE turbo jet eagle, I did album cover below, the Stone’s “Made In The Shade,” David Bowie in drag in a lawn chair.
The idea was that the album covers would change every week for the Rolling Stones World Tour, suspended by the eagle’s talons.
To get some idea of size, the album cover was made up of about twenty, 4 X 8 foot sheets of masonite. The thing was massive. It took ten days to paint and they called me slow.
I got hired by ArtKraft Strauss Sign Co. because I was good at faces. All male industry, lucky to work indoors. Next job I finally got outdoors, first woman ever. We used cans of pure dry pigment mixed with linseed oil and benzine, Japan drier thrown in to speed it up, everything mixed in place up in the air. Four terrific years covered in paint, got great muscles swinging on ropes, scaffolds, climbing steel framing like a monkey. What a life.

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