Posted by: Posterscope SA | May 12, 2010

Designer ‘rust’ billboard for Allan Gray

Whether it’s through a massive six thousand piece puzzle, constructed piece by piece on the billboard, or a giant oversized quilt that took three months to stitch, the Allan Gray billboard campaign has always actively promoted Allan Gray’s philosophy of long-term thinking. And this new execution, flighted on a Continental Outdoor Super Sign in Cape Town, is no different.

The billboard, conceptualised by King James, was created in two different materials. An untreated sheet metal for the background, paired with a brushed, stainless steel for the lettering. Then it was left for nature to take its course. The back of the board duly rusted and will continue to rust further as Cape Town heads into its rainy season. All the while the lettering remained rust-proof, shiny and pristine, illustrating Allan Gray’s point that if you think long term, you can be prepared for it.



  1. Oh yes, I do like this a lot. It’s simple, it’s easy to read and it fits into their campaign. I wish more agencies and clients would take the time to come up with good creative like this.

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