The amount of artists today who still brave tall heights to paint billboards on buildings by hand is few and far between. The 2010 documentary ‘Up There’ does a great job in portraying the stories of some artists from New York who do their best to keep this â€œlost artâ€ and method of advertising alive. Watch the first minute time lapse version here!
This documentary profiles a three-week project by artists who are looking to capture Stella Artoisâ€™ â€œThe Ritual Projectâ€ by handpainting the many steps of the Belgian Pouring Ritual in sequence on the wall of a building. You can see the struggles of the artists as they pay great detail to their work on over 1,000 square feet of â€œcanvasâ€ — while hanging several stories from the ground.
This 13-minute documentary succeeds in focusing on this art of hand painted sign writing and giving a strong appreciation for these artists and their battle to keep their craft alive.