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Graffiti Artists Transform H&M Billboard into "Weeping Madonna"


Graffiti artists have vandalized a 250 sq. ft. H&M billboard of Madonna in Britain. Similar billboards have been going up around the world. In a sort of modern take on the tear-trail, yellow streaks trickle from one of her eyes.

According to the Daily Mail, "The culprits climbed the scaffolding to which the mesh advertising banner was attached, cut a hole in one of the eyes and poured paint through. The poster, featuring two images of the 48-year-old superstar, is being replaced today at a cost of around £6,000."

Of course, weeping Madonnas at religious sites around the world are seen as miracles.

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So if H&M Madonna is weeping, then what's the miracle?

If some reports are correct, it may be that Madonna's new fashion line for the chain has made more than $15 million in its first week.

In some places, the consumer pilgrimage has even caused stampedes.


Now that's the kind of worship usually reserved for the holy icons. Of course, what's holy in this day and age?


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  1. The most amazing thing about this post? Someone found a picture of a London street with a biker in it. That dude will definitely have been killed by one of London's guided scud-taxis by the time the paint is removed...

    Posted by: Rottin' in Denmark | Apr 4, 2007 10:13:51 AM

  2. I can't believe no one has said this is a hate crime yet or the workings of the Bush administration.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 4, 2007 10:51:50 AM

  3. maybe she's weeping because guy shaved his head... oy

    Posted by: matty | Apr 4, 2007 10:55:42 AM

  4. Oh...I passed this on Sunday night and couldn't tell if it was part of the ad or vandalism!

    Posted by: Maffy | Apr 4, 2007 11:04:00 AM

  5. Oh my God! It's a MIRACLE!!!

    Posted by: Rey | Apr 4, 2007 11:06:34 AM

  6. I've never been a big fan of Madoona
    and this to me is just a sign of consumerisam gone mad.
    Any advertising that large is simple obnoxious.
    I kinda like it.
    As a satyrical shoot at religion...I really like it.

    Posted by: griffin1573 | Apr 4, 2007 11:15:13 AM

  7. I think it looks beautiful. They should leave it alone. If they're worried about the Catholic church making a fuss, they should donate the £6K to a Catholic charity instead of replacing it.

    Posted by: SGR | Apr 4, 2007 11:49:56 AM

  8. sometimes mcDonna comes across like trash... so H+M is an ideal match.
    i just wish that she'd close her legs...

    Posted by: A.J. | Apr 4, 2007 11:59:51 AM

  9. How many Katrina victims could they save ? what a waste of Money !

    Posted by: Idiot | Apr 4, 2007 12:13:03 PM

  10. On a certain level, that is a really sublime statement. Comparing the pop goddess Madonna to the Mother Of God is a pretty powerful statement. I hope the people who did it come out with some kind of statement.

    Madonna circa Like A Prayer would have been all over this.

    Posted by: MT | Apr 4, 2007 1:03:38 PM

  11. I see this more as a humorous subversion of advertising rather than any kind of commentary on religion, but hey, I guess artistic expression is open to subjective interpretation, huh. I'm just wondering why they chose yellow paint instead of some shade of red. I think it could have been even stronger with something magenta-ish.

    Posted by: Schlatty | Apr 4, 2007 2:10:19 PM

  12. What an obscene waste of money; leave it alone; it's an improvement. Everyone is fed up of her anyway...

    Posted by: atheist | Apr 4, 2007 2:30:33 PM

  13. $12,000 to replace a sign that's advertising a $30 shirt.

    Luckily H&M is all about volume...

    Posted by: A | Apr 4, 2007 4:35:52 PM

  14. She looks great in the billboards. The graffiti artist isn't that creative. I like the color but not the way he or she did it.

    Posted by: Jack! | Apr 4, 2007 5:10:51 PM

  15. At least she is a real Madonna unlike the first one.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 4, 2007 5:44:31 PM

  16. Well, people might say that she started it. "I will cry for you, Argentina..."?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 4, 2007 6:13:36 PM

  17. Maybe they were aiming for her nostril and missed.

    Posted by: Dorian | Apr 4, 2007 7:34:10 PM

  18. I think that white paint coming out of the mouth would have been more appropriate. Trash!

    Posted by: Ramone | Apr 4, 2007 8:59:45 PM

  19. Her H&M outfits are pretty nice.
    Although her makeup is pretty heavy.
    Yet, still looks good for her age.
    You have to admit Madge knows how to reinvent herself.

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 5, 2007 12:51:47 AM

  20. This is some of the best art I've seen in ages. H&M and Madonna should make sure it stays up. No joke, I think I love it.

    Posted by: Dylan | Apr 5, 2007 8:45:19 AM

  21. "Yellow-matter-custard, dripping from a dead-dog's eye..."

    Posted by: zabadak | Apr 5, 2007 4:29:13 PM

  22. "Yellow-matter-custard, dripping from a dead-dog's eye..."

    Posted by: zabadak | Apr 5, 2007 4:29:15 PM

  23. I think they should leave it up. It looks cool with the streak.

    Posted by: Stenar | Apr 8, 2007 1:45:45 PM

  24. Although this looks good, in my mind its vandalism not Graffiti Art.
    True Graffiti Artists have respect.

    Posted by: Graffiti Art | Jan 5, 2011 2:15:19 PM

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