2 April – 29 April 2012
EC-Arts, sponsored by the Arts Council England and JCDecaux
The city of Birmingham, UK


Ben Long Dedham Lock and Mill after John Constable


48SHEET is an national public art project that will utilise 100 advertising billboards transforming the city of Birmingham into a vast urban gallery.


Long has been commissioned by EC-Arts to debut the first three artworks from his latest series Moving Landscapes in the city. The project will present digital reproductions of 18th and 19th century landscape paintings that Long has manipulated using motion-blur computer techniques. The effect created is of the rural environment being moved through at high velocity, as if captured by photographic means from the window of a rapidly speeding vehicle. Moving Landscapes responds to the overarching 'Cultural Curiosity' theme of 48SHEET, which aims to challenge the repetitive rhythms of urban life and the omnipotence of corporate advertising in the public realm.


48SHEET is an EC-Arts project, sponsored by the Arts Council England and JCDecaux and supported in partnership by the following selection panel and advisory group:


Dr Jiang Jiehong – Birmingham Institute of Art & Design

Jonathan Watkins – Ikon Gallery

Glenn Howells – Glenn Howells Architects

Professor Chris O'Neil – Birmingham Institute of Art & Design

Nigel Edmondson – Birmingham City Council

Beverley Nielsen – Idea Birmingham

Sophia Tarr – Freelance Artistic Consultant


For more information about EC-Arts and to access the 48SHEET cultural map, please visit www.48sheet.com.