The UpStart posters are up around Dublin city. Among the earnest political promises that hold little currency we find the unexpected: a fantasy scene, a political cartoon, a startling line, a combative message... The impact is not enormous - these posters are dotted here and there, sometimes overwhelmed by the bankrolled electioneering slogans and those familiar rigid faces - but for those with even moderately roving eyes they provide relief and make a bright splash in their day.
Great credit is due to Aaron Copeland, mastermind of the initiative, and to everybody working for months now to bring it to fruition; kudos too to all the artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians who have donated their - mostly uncredited - work to the project.
All the work for UpStart, including the images/text on the posters, is now being added to the project's website, where there's also a lively blog. I haven't yet managed to locate the poster with my contribution - eventually I hope to add to this post an image of it in situ.
*Update, later on 20/2/2011: Here it is, courtesy of Unkie Dave's photostream on Flickr.