Site/Ad-site is a public-realm photographic work that playfully explores the passing of time, gentrification, and the relationship between public and private interest in the Kings Cross area. The work makes use of advertising space on the front of the abandoned cigarette bins, which was affixed ‘for free’ by the courier firm Addison Leeto the front of locations throughout the area in 2007. Referencing the registers of architectural surveying, as well as the tradition of ‘mise-en-abime’, each has been photographed and the printed image then inserted into the former advertising space. For as long as they are left in situ, the images will provide a record of the street frontage in a time of rapid urban change.
A map of the locations of all the utilised bins can be found here.
Image credit: Site/Ad-Site Kings Cross (mock-up), Photo: Adrian Lee