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In Bristol, a crew painted over tens of big brand adverts in the cultural quarter of Stokes Croft, replacing commercial messages with images of trees, cut out lettering spelling ZAP (Zone Anti-Pub) and “Cease Fire Now”.

Passers-by stopped to ask why the crew were painting over adverts and commissioned messages that mattered to the local community – including calls for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.

The proliferation of unlicensed advertising sites in Bristol has drawn criticism as an “corporate rash” from Adblock Bristol, a group that blocks new billboards in the city and campaigns for Bristol Council to end high-carbon advertising for air travel, fossil-powered cars and fossil fuel companies in the city.

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